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Saab 9-X BioHybrid Efficiency

Saab 9-X BioHybrid:

Efficiency in Compact Design and

The Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept is a vision of what a future car from Saab could like. It is designed to reflect the of youthful customers who seek looks, responsible performance and communications, all in a sporty, fun-to-drive

Exploring design themes Saab’s award-winning Aero X and 9X concepts, the 9-X BioHybrid also the potential for ultra-efficient power a 200 hp (147 kW), 1.4-litre turbo engine backed by next-generation Hybrid system. combined cycle CO2 emissions of 105 g/km on E85 fuel are testimony to the of this package (see release for details).

The interior showcases an entirely new of Saab’s driver-focused cockpit together with innovative, connectivity for personal nomadic and a rear cargo deck a ‘low friction’ loading

“This car is all about efficiency in and performance,” says Anthony Lo, of Advanced Design at General Europe, who led the 9-X BioHybrid design in co-operation with the Saab Center in Sweden.

With its wheels placed at all four minimal bodywork overhangs and an roof line, the proportions of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid bring a new dimension to conventional compact looks.

The smooth ‘fuselage’ now without any visible handles or mirrors, the bold ‘wraparound’ graphic and deep front are all themes inspired by the Aero X concept shown at Geneva two ago.

The car’s distinctive ‘shooting silhouette and rear functionality are from the 9X multi-role concept at Frankfurt in 2001. “You say we designed this car from to front, “says Lo. “The of the 9X is right for a car of this size, and the roof line helps the as well as providing more headroom and interior space.”

Saab’s roots in aircraft the 9-X BioHybrid also explores the for using active aerodynamics to drag – and fuel consumption – at speeds. Above 43 mph, the and lower bodywork is reshaped as the spoiler automatically extends to lengthen the roof line and an diffuser is deployed from the of the rear bumper.

The four-seater cabin introduces an new execution of Saab’s driver-focused design. The central, floor-mounted with its angled controls and is now eliminated. Instead, the driver- layout incorporates a main panel that sweeps out the top of the door moulding, arching the driver. The embedded 3-D graphics to be ‘frozen’ in ice, continuing a design theme first in the Aero X.

Reflecting the needs of customers, who expect easy to multi-media both inside and the car, Saab has co-operated Sony Ericsson in providing in-car connectivity for a range of devices. The result is a wireless for streaming data, entertainment and navigation functions for display and The interface also allows the use of multiple devices when are in the car.

At the rear, the cargo deck an electrically-powered slide-out floor, is activated when the bottom of the split tailgate drops The floor, and the back of the folding seats, is covered by ‘high rubber carpeting, which items and holds them in place. For easy loading and aluminium bars automatically up and down as the tailgate is opened and

The treatment of light is an important of Scandinavian design and this is in the use of variable, white ambient inside the cabin. The level of illumination can be changed in intensity bright, cold to warm and It’s a personalised feature could even be programmed, for to reflect the pattern of the changing

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“This car shows how our concept can be carried forward into a format,” adds Anthony Lo. “It has a of features which we will be further, such as the new driver-focused theme, the importance of clean, surfaces and the easy, seamless inside the car.”

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Technical Specifications


Transversely-mounted, front wheel

1398 cc. Four cylinders 73.4/ 82.6 mm. Aluminium head, cast iron

DOHC. chain-driven. Four per cylinder.

Forged steel steel connecting rods. pistons, oil spray cooled.

Injection with centrally-mounted VVT. inlet and exhaust

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