Next-generation 9-5 wagon spied in winter testing, doubt remains about whether the Saab brand will survive at all given GM's inability to sell it off.

For Saab fans right now, it's hard to get excited about the next iteration of the 9-5 model given the uncertainty regarding the brand itself.

GM, which owns the Swedish brand, is looking to either sell it off or, if that isn't possible, liquidating the brand altogether - bad news indeed. The company issued a statement recently saying there will be no more announcements regarding Saab until there is some news to report. One can read that to mean that there is very little hope of salvaging the brand any more as offers from buyers continue to fall through.

But still life goes on, at least, for the engineers at work on the next-generation 9-5 wagon, if there is to be one. Here are the latest spy shots of that model doing some winter testing.

Possible engines for the next 9-5 model include a 2.0 liter turbo petrol/gasoline powerplant with about 210 hp. For Europe, the model may also come with a 2.0 liter diesel and a 2.8 liter V6 turbo, while for the North American market there could be a 3.6 liter V6.

Of course, all this seems less likely to ever come to fruition. How sad for the storied Swedish brand. But at least Saab the aircraft manufacturer is still in business.


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