The eco-friendly engine will be available on Sport Saloon, SportWagon, and Convertible 9-3 models.
The bigger 9-5 Saab range already has 2.0t and 2.3t BioPower options.
The BioPower cars are called flex-fuel. This is because they can run on either normal petrol or the more environmentally-friendly E85 bioethanol.
When running on E85 bioethanol the engine emits up to 70 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2). Yet it produces more power: 175bhp compared to 150bhp for the normal car.
The cars are on sale now in both manual and automatic.
What are the benefits of bioethanol?
Although prices have yet to be formalised for the 9-5, Saab believes the A6 is a legitimate target for its all-new executive car, which goes on sale next year. The Audi A6 2.0 2.0TDIe starts at L24,900.
The Swedish built saloon will be available in three levels of trim: Linear, Vector Sport and topline Aero. A sports chassis is also available, with suspension lowered by 10mm.
Among the high-tech features on offer on the Saab 9-5 are: aircraft-style head-up information display (HUD) which includes sat-nav route guidance; adaptive headlights (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam) that can also react to oncoming vehicles so as not to dazzle; adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; dynamic parking assistance with front, rear and side sensors – it won't park the car for you but lets you know if the space is big enough – and Saab XWD all-wheel-drive system.
There will be three choices of petrol engine, all turbocharged:
And two choices of turbocharged diesels:
CO2 emissions for the 160hp diesel are said to be 139g/km, placing the Saab in the 19% company car tax band for 2009/10.
Managing director Jonathan Nash reckons the new Saab will appeal to independent free thinkers. "All the demographics suggest the 9-5 will appeal to highly creative individuals, and Saab's traditional heartland of doctors, dentists and architects," said Nash.
Over the next couple of years, the new Saab 9-5 heralds the start of a stream of new Saab product:
Read more about the Saab 9-5 in the Editor's Blog Saab regains its voice.
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