AutoWeek Editors Choice Award at Geneva Auto Show
Saab 9X BioHybrid
The editors of AutoWeek, one of North America's most respected and
longest standing automotive enthusiast magazines, have voted the Saab
9-X BioHybrid "Best Concept" upon its world debut at the auto show in
Geneva this week. With this award, the Saab 9-X BioHybrid premium
compact joins the very successful Saab Aero X coupe concept which
received AutoWeek's "Best in Show" honors upon its debut in Geneva, two
are honored by this important recognition from the expert editors of
AutoWeek," said Steve Shannon, Saab Automobile USA general manager.
"The way the 9-X BioHybrid was welcomed by the world's press and the
public in Geneva has exceeded many optimistic expectations. Following
in footsteps of the highly inspirational Aero X, as well as the 9-4X
BioPower crossover concept which debuted in Detroit just a few weeks
ago, the 9-X BioHybrid demonstrates that the Saab brand has tremendous
9-X BioHybrid, which is scheduled to make its North American debut at
the New York International Auto Show press days on March 19, is a vivid
vision of what a future compact car from Saab could look like. It is
designed to reflect the priorities of youthful customers who seek
progressive looks, responsible performance and high-tech
communications, all in a sporty, fun-to-drive package.
design themes from Saab's award-winning Aero X and earlier 9X concepts,
the 9-X BioHybrid also demonstrates the potential for ultra-efficient
power from a 200 hp (147 kW), 1.4-liter BioPower turbo engine backed by
GM's next-generation hybrid system. Projected combined cycle CO2
emissions of just 105 g/km on E85 fuel are testimony to the promise of
interior showcases an entirely new expression of Saab's driver-focused
cockpit design, together with innovative, seamless connectivity for
personal nomadic devices and a rear cargo deck with a 'low friction'
car is all about efficiency in design and performance," says Anthony
Lo, director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe, who led the
9-X BioHybrid design team in co-operation with the Saab Brand Center in
its 'turbine' wheels placed at all four corners, minimal bodywork
overhangs and an extended roof line, the proportions of the three-door
Saab 9-X BioHybrid bring a dynamic, new dimension to conventional
compact 'hatchback' looks.
smooth 'fuselage' bodywork, now without any visible handles or door
mirrors, the bold 'wraparound' window graphic and deep front grille are
all themes inspired by the Aero X coupe concept shown at Geneva two
car's distinctive 'shooting brake' silhouette and rear functionality
are developed from the 9X multi-role concept shown at Frankfurt in
2001. "You could say we designed this car from back to front," says Lo.
"The shape of the 9X is right for a car of this size, and the longer
roof line helps the aerodynamics as well as providing more rear
headroom and interior space."
Saab's roots in aircraft design, the 9-X BioHybrid also explores the
potential for using active aerodynamics to reduce drag - and fuel
consumption - at cruising speeds. Above 70 kph (43 mph), the upper and
lower bodywork is reshaped as the roof spoiler automatically extends to
further lengthen the roof line and an underbody diffuser is deployed
from the bottom of the rear bumper.
four-seater cabin introduces an entirely new execution of Saab's
driver-focused cockpit design. The central, floor-mounted console, with
its angled controls and displays, is now eliminated. Instead, the
driver-focused layout incorporates a main instrument panel that sweeps
out from the top of the door moulding, arching across the driver. The
embedded 3-D graphics appear to be 'frozen' in ice, continuing a
Scandinavian design theme first seen in the Aero X.
the needs of youthful customers, who expect easy access to multi-media
both inside and outside the car, Saab has co-operated with Sony
Ericsson in providing seamless in-car connectivity for a range of
nomadic devices. The result is a wireless interface for streaming data,
entertainment and satellite navigation functions for display and use.
The interface also allows the simultaneous use of multiple devices when
passengers are in the car.
the rear, the cargo deck features an electrically-powered slide-out
floor, which is activated when the bottom half of the split tailgate
drops down. The floor, and the back of the folding rear seats, is
covered by 'high friction' rubber carpeting, which 'grips' items and
holds them securely in place. For easy loading and unloading, aluminum
bars automatically rise up and down as the tailgate is opened and
treatment of light is an important part of Scandinavian design and this
is evident in the use of variable, white ambient lighting inside the
cabin. The level of suffused illumination can be changed in intensity
from bright and cold to warm and soft. It's a personalized feature that
could even be programmed, for example, to reflect the pattern of the
car shows how our concept work can be carried forward into a compact
format," adds Anthony Lo. "It has a number of features which we will be
developing further, such as the new driver-focused design theme, the
importance of clean, uncluttered surfaces and the easy, seamless
connectivity inside the car."