2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition

2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition
2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition

The Scandinavian brand has just added the Nordic Edition trim to its Saab 9-5 model line-up. The new series is presented in the 9-5 Sedan and the 9-5 SportCombi ranges, the first being, um, a sedan, and the other one a compact station wagon.




The Nordic Edition will be available to the mid-range Vector trim (the other two are Linear and Aero) and will include a comprehensive set of new standard elements

2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition (rear view)

For example, the Nordic Edition will feature a full leather interior, a leather/matte aluminum steering wheel, better audio system, cruise control, parking assistance, 17-inch five-spoke alloys and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The SportCombi version will also include matte aluminum roof rails and a storage tray under the rear cargo floor.

All Saab 9-5 models are available with new flex-fuel engines with maximum power output rising from 150 to 260hp depending on the motor’s displacement.

2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition (side view)

To be frank, I have always been a fan of the brand, although never actually got a chance to get myself a new Saab when they were making real cars, but now I have a feeling of the brand moving in the wrong direction. GM’s attempt at making a “classic” clearly resulted in creating a vehicle that offers nothing more than a 2007 Opel Vectra slightly tuned here and there and dressed in a rather archaic body kit with Saab’s signature grille.

Considering Saab’s current state of affairs, the move could very well be a suicidal one.

2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi Nordic Edition
2008 Saab 9-5 SportCombi Nordic Edition (rear view)
2008 Saab 9-5 Nordic Edition (interior)

Photos: Saab

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