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SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

The most interesting car at SAAB’s booth this year at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is without any doubt the PhoeniX concept car that will be the foundation of new designs and technologies that are going to be implemented in future SAAB models. The concept is based on the platform that will underpin the next-gen 9-3 model and was penned under the supervision of the company’s new design boss, Jason Castriota. According to the automaker, this concept introduces an “aeromotional” design, which SAAB describes as the “visual evocation of the aerodynamic design principles.”

SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

This very cool-looking sports coupe has some dramatic touches like the rear-lateral winglets that remind us of the company’s aeronautical roots and the jet canopy-inspired glasshouse. The front fascia of the PhoeniX concept includes a new interpretation of the company’s signature three-port grille which is likely to be seen on future models, along with the new muscular hood.

SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

The rear window, with its teardrop shape, resembles with the design of the first SAAB model, the 92001 or Ursaab, while the sawed-off tail is a tribute to the company’s very first coupe, the Sonett. Thanks to the shape of the car and its aerodynamic treatment, it has a drag co-efficient of only 0.25. Similar with the Mercedes SLS AMG, the doors are open upwards and offer access to the 2+2 interior layout.

SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

The car packs the proprietary all-new IQon infotainment and communications system along with a brand new expression of the driver-focused layout.This infotainment system uses the Android operating system developed by Google and is in charge of audio and entertainment streaming, on-board music storage, online navigation as well as downloading applications.

SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

The SAAB Wild PhoeniX has an innovative driveline as it features an electrically-driven rear axle that is combined with a conventional 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine that develops 200 hp sent through the front wheels. The electric motor is capable of generating an additional 34 hp and is powered by a small battery pack that uses regenerative braking in order to sustain the charge.

SAAB Wild PhoeniX Sports Coupe Concept

With the eXWD hybrid all-wheel drive system and the start-stop technology, the car can do 47 mpg (5 liters/100 km) and have CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. With this hardware configuration, the PhoeniX can sprint to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The driver of the car has the possibility to choose from one of the three operating modes: Eco, Sport and Traction. Eco is set by default and offers the best fuel consumption and CO2 efficiency; Sport brings maximum power assistance with torque vectoring across the rear-axle while the Traction mode enables optimal grip on slippery roads and during take-off.

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