The Saab 9-X BioHybrid
concept demonstrates how Saab design values could be expressed in a
future compact car format. It is focused on youthful customers, typical
of the premium compact car segment. They seek and value progressive
product design and efficient performance, with easy access to high-tech
communications, as well as a sporty driving experience.
The bold execution of the 9-X BioHybrid
evolves visual design themes from the award-winning
Aero X coupe and
multi-dimensional 9X concepts. Inside, it showcases an entirely new
expression of Saab’s driver-focused cockpit design, as well as
innovative seamless in-car connectivity for all personal nomadic
devices. Smart rear functionality features a cargo deck with an
automatic sliding floor and a ‘friction’ loading system.
Optimised for E85 fuel, the small,
1.4-litre BioPower turbo engine generates a substantial 200 hp/147 kW on
E85 and an even more impressive 280 Nm of torque, as well as reduced CO2
emissions compared to petrol. With a full flex-fuel capability, it is a
rightsizing formula backed by hybrid technology, giving projected fuel
consumption when running on petrol over the combined cycle of just 57.6
mpg and 117 g CO2/km. When running on E85, CO2
emissions are projected to be even lower, at just 105 g/km, with
estimated fuel consumption of 44.1 mpg.
Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
with an automatic clutch and steering wheel controls, it is a
sophisticated powertrain tailored to meet the environmental and
energy-saving priorities of modern day motoring.
Next-Generation GM Hybrid
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced still further
by the addition of the next-generation GM Hybrid system, which features
a lithium-ion battery and a significantly higher power capability to
capture more energy and more electric boost than the current GM Hybrid
system. An electric motor/generator, belt-driven from the engine’s
crankshaft, replaces the conventional alternator. Electrical power is
delivered and stored by the compact lithium-ion battery pack, located
under the rear cargo floor.
The electric motor reacts spontaneously
and complements the torque of the boosted engine. With this combination
of turbocharger technology and a hybrid propulsion system, the dynamic
behaviour of the downsized powertrain is improved still further.