Making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, the Saab 9-X Air Concept is a four-seater convertible with a Canopy Top folding roof mounted on curved rear pillars with a separate retracting rear screen. With the 9-X Air, Saab tried to create a sports car that also offers open-top accommodation for four in ‘surround glass’ comfort. Under the hood, the concept features a 1.4 liter BioPower turbo engine optimized for E85 fuel (85% biothanol/15% gasoline), which delivers 200 hp (147 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb.ft) of torque. According to Saab, the fuel consumption on gasoline over the combined cycle is 5.0 l/100 km (47 US mpg) and 119 g CO2/km. When using E85 fuel, CO2 emissions are projected at 107 g/km, with estimated fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 km. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an automatic clutch.
The car looks and sounds great, but Saab came up with a lot of concept cars over the last motor shows, and so far we really didn’t see any of those making it into production. Guess we’ll have to wait a little more. Enjoy the photos from the Paris show.
Photo Gallery: Saab 9-X Air Concept at the Paris Motor Show
Photo Gallery: Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept