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2008 Saab 9-4X Biopower Concept news, pictures, and information
INNOVATIVE 9-4X BIOPOWER CROSSOVER CONCEPT SIGNALS SAAB PRODUCT EXPANSIONThe Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept, revealed today at the North American International Auto Show, confirms Saab's plans to enter the growing crossover §egmènt wîth a dynamic, driver-focused vehicle inspired by Scandinavian design values and respect for the environment.
The concept's progressive design features are combined wîth a responsible, fun-to-drive appeal based on BioPower engine technology and a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system.
'This concept is a clear statement of what our brand is about,' said Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile Managing Director. 'It is also an important next step in our plans to enter new market §egmènts wîth distinctive product offerings.'
The design of the Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept reflects a Scandinavian principle of simplicity of form, wîth clean and uncluttered lines, free of any cladding, moldings or roof bars, and defining 'ice-block' surface and lighting themes. The progressive frontal styling and interior design elements also draw inspiration from Saab's widely acclaimed Aero X concept. Innovative load-carrying solutions include a unique ski equipment stowage system, developed wîth mountain sports specialists Salomon. (Please see accompanying Salomon release.)
Optimized for bioethanol (E85) fuel, t he four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine demonstrates Saab's commitment to 'rightsizing' – achieving sufficient levels of performance wîth a smaller, more efficient engine – by delivering 300 horsepower (221 kW) and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm), together wîth substantially reduced CO 2 emissions on a source-to-wheel basis. (Please see accompanying Powertrain release). The key enabler for rightsizing is turbocharging technology, which Saab pioneered 30 years ago.
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 245 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs
The Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept was developed by a team headed by Anthony Lo, GM Europe's Director of Advanced Design, in cooperation wîth designers and engineers from the Saab Brand Center in Sweden. 'We focused on incorporating design themes from the Aero X in a crossover execution, adding functional, lifestyle features to support the activities of customers using this type of vehicle,' Lo §äid.
The driver-focused cockpit in the sporty, four-seater cabin features an Aero X-inspired 'clear zone,' wîth a flush-mounted starter button and infotainment controls, that sweeps up from the central console to the main display screen. Signature green lighting is used for all instrument illumination, while other subtle references to Saab's aviation heritage include the 'altimeter' speed read-out scale and aircraft-shaped trim on the §teering wheel. The panoramic glass roof is in harmony wîth a car designed to deliver the enjoyment of outdoor pursuits.
Saab designers worked wîth top Saab Salomon Big Mountain skiers to devise an innovative storage system for stowing skis and equipment inside the car. The rear cargo deck features a sliding floor wîth a fold-out aluminum ski holder, through which up to three pairs of skis and poles can be slotted. Boots are stowed in an underfloor, heated compartment and, for maximum practicality, the entire rear cargo area is covered in a waterproof and scratch-resistant rubber skin.
The compact, all-aluminum, four-cylinder BioPower engine combines the benefits of turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing for the first time wîth high-octane E85 fuel (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). It's a green, rightsizing formula that gives strong power (300 horsepower 221 kW and 295 lb.-ft. 400 Nm of torque without the additional weight, size, fuel consumption and higher emissions of a larger, naturally aspirated engine offering similar performance.
Driver involvement is taken to a new level by the innovative all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, already available in the 9-3 range. Active management splits torque delivery between both the axles and the rear wheels, via an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD). This responsive system rewards the driver by giving an enhanced, 'positive force' chassis balance. Overall, the Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept is a vivid demonstration of Saab's commitment to customers wîth outdoor leisure interests who seek a sporty driving experience that is in harmony wîth nature.Source - Saab
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