18 September 2008

Saab 9-X Air

Saab shows 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept in Paris

18 September 2008 | The 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, to be revealed at next month's Paris Motor Show, is a design study exploring what a future open-air Saab could look like.

Featuring a unique Canopy Top and a wraparound glasshouse that includes the rear screen, the 9-X Air breaks the mould of conventional convertible design by offering four-seat accommodation within the close-coupled proportions of a sports car.


Its silhouette is defined by prominent rear pillars that mount the flat-folding Canopy Top and also anchor the separate, recessed rear screen. Top down, the 9-X Air is designed to offer fresh air motoring free from buffeting. Top up, it assumes the look of a coupe.

Designed in parallel with the 9-X BioHybrid concept, the 9-X Air shares its efficient powertrain. The small, 1.4-liter Saab BioPower engine claims responsible performance by combining engine rightsizing with turbocharging, the use of E85 bioethanol fuel and hybrid technology.

The 9-X Air will be revealed 25 years after the first convertible from Saab was shown at the international Frankfurt Show.

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