Saab's 9-5 Griffin Edition is scheduled to debut at the North American International Auto Show, offering a long list of standard features and unique trim.

Saab's "Born from Jets" tagline is, of course, true. The Swedish manufacturer is highlighting this fact with a new special edition that commemorates the introduction of the new Gripen multi-role combat aircraft which is now entering active duty in Sweden after being developed by Saab Aircraft AB. The 9-5 Griffin edition debuts at the North American International Auto Show, and ascends to the top of the 9-5 range with a long list of standard equipment and handsome styling tweaks.

The 9-5 Griffin takes influence from the 9-3's styling updates, with matte chrome on the front grille and Xenon headlights. It's available as a sedan or "SportCombi" wagon, with unique 17-inch wheels and Griffin badging. Inside, high-gloss trim and accent color stitching set things apart. Two-tone leather sport seats are also available. Standard equipment for the 9-5 Griffin includes a rear parking assist, heated, power-folding outside mirrors and Saab's 260-horsepower 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. In fact, the only options are ventilated seats, a navigation system and
the 9-5 Griffin will be available shortly after its January debut in Detroit, with sticker prices starting at $42,775 for the sedan and $44,045 for the SportCombi.

Gallery: 2009 Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition Headed for Detroit