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2009 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept news, pictures, and information
Saab 9-X 'Air' BioHybrid Concept Redefines Convertible DesignParis Auto Show World Premiere
The 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, to be revealed at next month's Paris Motor Show, is an innovative 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 distinctive 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 true coupe.
Designed in parallel wîth the 9-X BioHybrid concept, the 9-X Air shares its highly efficient powertrain. The small, 1.4-liter Saab BioPower engine offers responsible performance by combining engine rightsizing wîth turbocharging, the use of E85 bioethanol fuel and hybrid technology.
The 9-X Air underlines Saab's leading role in convertible design and will be revealed 25 years after the first convertible from Saab was shown at the international Frankfurt Show.Source - Saab
Saab ‘Canopy Top' Brings Breath Of Fresh Air To Convertible Design9-X Air BioHybrid Convertible Concept Blends Efficiency With Progressive Design
The Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Convertible Concept, which makes its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is a design vision exploring what a future open-air Saab could look like. It features a unique Canopy Top (patent pending) and the close-coupled proportions of a sports car, as well as seating for four.
In breaking the mold of conventional convertible design, the bodywork of the 9-X Air incorporates prominent rear pillars that curve upward to mount the flat-folding Canopy Top. They also anchor a distinctive, wraparound glasshouse, including a separate, recessed rear screen.
Lead designer Anthony Lo and his team executed this design while still offering the four-season, four-seat practicality pioneered by Saab when it premiered its first convertible concept 25 years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Top down or up, the 9-X Air cuts a distinctive silhouette. With the canopy stowed and the rear screen up, occupants can enjoy open-top motoring free from buffeting. Top up, the 9-X Air assumes the appearance of a true coupe, wîth a cohesive design that eschews the looks of a conventional, four-seat convertible.
Designed in parallel wîth the Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept, the 9-X Air shares its distinctive frontal styling, together wîth its highly efficient powertrain. The small, 1.4-liter Saab BioPower engine combines a series of steps for more responsible performance: engine rightsizing, turbocharging, the use of biofuels and hybrid technology.
Running on E85 fuel (85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent gasoline), the engine delivers a sporty 200 horsepower (147 kW), providing 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) acceleration in 8.1 seconds and projected carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions of just 107 g/km over the combined cycle. Compared to gasoline, the overall source-to-wheel environmental impact of using E85 is even more beneficial.
Progressive design The clean, sculpted body contours of the 9-X Air give fresh expression to Saab's Scandinavian-inspired design ethos and its aircraft heritage. The purposeful stance, wîth minimal overhangs front and rear, is complemented by a single, wraparound window graphic, smooth uncluttered body surfaces and 'ice block' lighting themes.
The exterior look is defined by the prominent C-pillars, or buttresses, that provide the rear mounting for the unique Canopy Top – a powered, flat-folding roof. This innovation in convertible design, which distinguishes between a folding roof and a complete folding soft-top or hood assembly, is subject to a Saab patent application.
The Canopy Top is fabric, rather than metal, to save weight and provide more efficient packaging. It is fully automatic in operation and folds neatly in three small sections under a rear tonneau cover in the trunk. The rear screen between the buttresses retracts automatically into the underside of the raised tonneau cover to allow stowage of the Canopy Top. The screen moves back into position to provide a complete glass surround for the cabin in open-top mode.
This 'surround glass' feature, together wîth an active wind deflector on top of the windshield header rail, provides enhanced occupant comfort. It minimizes buffeting, reduces back drafts and eliminates the need for a wind deflector net. Separating the rear screen from the folding top also enables a glass area larger than feasible wîth a soft top and integral screen.
In a further break wîth design convention, the 9-X Air dispenses wîth a trunk lid. Instead, a large storage compartment, big enough to accommodate two golf bags, slides out from underneath the rear light bar. To save weight, it is spring-loaded, without any power assistance, and slides effortlessly on rollers. Revealed underneath the sliding drawer is a separate compartment for stowing smaller items.
Inside, the 9-X Air features innovative developments in its driver-focused cockpit design and the provision of seamless connectivity for personal electronic devices, both first seen in the 9-X BioHybrid.
The driver information zone encompasses the top of the door molding. It is a fresh execution of Saab's traditional, driver-focused cockpit layout and dispenses wîth a central, floor-mounted console. The zone is a flat, arc-shaped surface, within which a row of five display screens is embedded and illuminated in green 3-D graphics, including an 'infotainment' screen and control panel in the driver's door.
In co-operation wîth Sony Ericsson, the 9-X Air and its hatchback sibling also showcase the potential for seamless, wireless connectivity (Bluetooth) wîth one or more multiple devices (mobile phones, PDAs, etc.). The in-car interface enables streaming of data, entertainment and satellite navigation functions, which are transferred automatically to the car while the device remains in the user's pocket.
The smarter the device, the more functions in the car. The same unit can also be programmed to remotely lock or unlock the car, raise or lower the Canopy Top, and even remotely change in-car presets. The 9-X Air eliminates the need for a separate car key fob or remote controller.
Efficiency in design and performance
The 9-X Air was created by a team headed by Lo, director of advanced design at General Motors Europe, working in cooperation wîth the Saab Brand Center in Sweden.
'Like the 9-X BioHybrid, this car is all about efficiency in design and performance, and that includes the Canopy Top.' said Lo. 'It offers important benefits in weight-saving and packaging, as well as giving us the freedom to take convertible design forward in a very Saab way.'
The 9-X Air underlines Saab's leading role in convertible design, and will be revealed 25 years after the first convertible from Saab was shown at the international Frankfurt Auto Show. Full details and more images are available at www.media.saab.com
Saab is a division of General Motors Corporation. Saab Automobile ÚSA is the importer and/or distributor of the Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For 2009, Saab offers seven models that deliver 27 mpg or better, according to EPA-rated highway fuel economy.
In addition to a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, including roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, every new Saab comes wîth three years/36,000 miles no-charge scheduled maintenance, plus standard OnStar and XM Satellite radio.Source - Saab
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