For 2006, the Saab 9-5 underwent a thorough revamp that included
exterior sheet metal, interior features and enhancements to
the chassis and powertrain. Inside, the 9-5 recieved a new instrument
panel appearance along with new door handles, steering wheel,
door panel trim inserts and climate control panel. A new audio
system with MP3 and XM Satellite Radio was fitted as standard.
The Saab 9-5 is powered by a 2.3L, turbocharged, inline-4 cylinder
developing 260 horsepower a 10-horsepower increase over
the 2005 model and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is mated
to manual 5-speed or optional automatic Sentronic transmissions.
The front suspension of the 9-5 benefits from increased spring
rates on the sport chassis, increased damping on the sport and
standard chassis, and a larger anti-roll bar on the standard
chassis. The power steering system was recalibrated to increase
steering effort and improve feedback and precision.
The rear suspension features a larger anti-roll bar and softer
springs on the standard chassis, reduced toe-in for more predictable
behavior, and increased track. Damping has been increased on
the standard and sport chassis.