What is it? Saab has historically been known for its hatchbacks, and since the company converted to building sedans under GM, its wagons have been left to carry the mantle of practicality. In Saab parlance, wagons are called “SportCombi,” and in this case, this model based on Saab’s large new 9-5 sedan.
Like the 9-5 sedan, the 9-5 SportCombi uses a flex-fuel 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic, along with an all-wheel-drive system. The rear seats fold flat in a single step to provide a load floor that stretches almost six feet long. A programmable, powered tailgate is available.
What’s new or notable? The SportCombi includes Saab’s flexible U-rail load floor, with a U-shaped track where tie-down hooks and other types of attachments can be affixed. Under the cargo floor is a sealed wet storage compartment.
When will it be available? July 2011