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Based on a new architecture which will underpin the next Saab 9-3 model, the
PhoeniX introduces 'aeromotional' design: a visual evocation of the aerodynamic
design principles and passion for innovation that inspired the creators of
Saab's first car, the iconic Ursaab.
The PhoeniX embraces teardrop,
'liquid metal' forms and a dramatic jet canopy-inspired glasshouse that gives
fresh expression to Saab's signature 'wraparound' and translucent ice-block
The clean, muscular shape enables an exceptionally low
drag co-efficient of just 0.25cd and also explores the potential for airflow
management through the use of distinctive, side-mounted 'winglets'.
Butterfly opening doors give easy access to a 2+2 cabin that blends simplicity
with technology. It has a minimalist, 'stripped out' feel, including a new
expression of Saab's driver-focused layout and a world debut for Saab's
innovative IQon infotainment and communications system. In true Saab tradition,
there is also a surprisingly versatile cargo deck.
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."
Under its rippling
bodywork, the Saab PhoeniX deploys an innovative driveline, with an
electrically-driven rear axle mated to a sophisticated 200 hp, 1.6-liter petrol
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 and CO2 emissions are projected to be
56.5 mpg and 119 g/km.
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