Facelift for Saab's 9-5

  • Saloon and SportWagon face-lifted for 2012
  • Whole range of engines now more efficient
  • Chassis and interior tweaks keep things fresh

Saab has released details of a facelift for its 9-5 saloon and SportWagon.

Every engine in the range features stop/start technology and they have also been been tweaked to cut fuel consumption. The range emits an an average of 4.7% less CO2 while returning better fuel economy.

The most efficient engine in the range is a 2.0-litre diesel, which emits 125g/km CO2 in the saloon and 128g/km in the SportWagon. This translates to zero showroom tax and £90 per year in road tax, while BIK is payable at 18% and 19% respectively.

The firm also claims to have worked on the chassis, making the car more suited to UK roads.

Vector SE and Aero trim levels now get a ‘metallic-like' trim inside and sat nav and DAB radio is now standard on all models. A new adaptive cruise control system, that uses radar to control the distance between the car in front, can now be specified with the auto versions.

Prices range from £26,995 to £39,195, with the SportWagon commanding a £1,200 premium over the saloon. There's no word yet on when first deliveries will take place.