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Saab 9-X BioHybrid (04/03/2008)

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 System
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.



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