Year after year, Saab always unveils breathtaking concept cars such as the Aero-X. The PhoeniX is their new concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and it showcases design features and technologies which will shape the next generation of Saabs.
Based on a new architecture which will underline the next Saab 9-3 model, the PhoeniX introduces 'aeromotional' design inspired by Saab's first car, the iconic Ursaab,
The PhoeniX showcases a teardrop form and a dramatic jet canopy-inspired glasshouse. This gives fresh expression to Saab's signature 'wraparound' and translucent ice-block design themes. This shape enables an exceptionally low drag co-efficient.
Butterfly opening doors give easy access to a cabin that blends simplicity with technology. It has a minimalist, stripped out feel, including a new driver-focused layout and Saab's IQon infotainment and communications system. In true Saab tradition, there is also a cargo deck.
Under its bodywork, the PhoeniX features an innovative driveline with an electrically-driven rear axle mated to a 200hp, 1.6-liter turbo engine driving the front wheels. The result is an intelligent, hybrid all-wheel-drive capability that enhances driving pleasure while reducing fuel consumption. Combined cycle fuel economy are projected to be 56.5mpg.
"The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design," says Jason Castriota, Saab Automobile's Executive Design Director. "It symbolizes a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We're now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call 'aeromotional' design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio."