The 2010 Saab 9-5 is a car everyone's itching to get their paws on. A bunch of journos went to Trollhättan, and Automobile Magazine has published its observations from the first drive event held in Sverige. Saabs are popular here in New England; it's a big market for the brand, so we're likely paying more attention than other regions. So what's the deal? The 9-5 is a long time in coming, so it better be good. Automobile's Joe Lorio thinks that the car hits the mark. "The new 9-5 is a surprisingly strong effort," he says. Lest you worry that the GM Epsilon II basis makes the new 9-5 merely a Buick LaCrosse in Swedish haute couture, Lorio reports that the 9-5 is "surprisingly Saab-like."
There are some slick new features in the 9-5's arsenal, like a head-up display and a parking-assist program, adding content to justify the near-$50,000 base price the 9-5 will initially carry here when the first squadron of 500 Aeros goes on sale. Lorio points out the 9-5's much-increased size, and the styling that manages to clearly link to historical pre-GM Saabs. The take-away so far is that this is a big, pretty Saab (I'd say Amazon, but...) that drives well and hits the right notes while singing from the family songbook.