Saab unveils new car plan

  • Saab reveals new model launch plan
  • 9-4X crossover due next April, new 9-3 in 2012
  • New 9-5 on sale now, priced from £26,495

Saab has revealed details of further new models which it will be launching in the next two years as the company aims to rebuild itself after gaining independence from GM.

The first new model is the 9-5 saloon, a rival to the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 9-4X crossover model is expected next April while the all-new 9-3 model is pencilled in for a 2012 launch.

There are also plans to enter the small premium car sector with a model likely to be dubbed 9-2. However, no timescale for this model has been announced. The same is true of its plans for hybrid and electric vehicles.

With the company now owned by Spyker Cars and entirely independent from previous owner GM, Saab is hoping to win back sales it lost as buyers steered clear during the uncertainty surrounding the firm's future last year.

On sale now with prices starting from £26,495, the 9-5 is offered with a choice of two diesel engines - the 2.0-litre TiD offers 160bhp while a TTiD twin-turbo version offers 190bhp.

The former returns fuel economy of nearly 54mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2, putting it in the 20% benefit-in-kind tax banding. The TTiD engine returns 47mpg economy and emits 159g/km, putting it in the 24% BIK banding.