Saab Managing Director Jan Ake Jonsson wants to add a smaller car to compete against the Audi A3 and BMW 1 series entry-premium cars.
That car would be needed to help achieve Saab’s stated goal of closing the gap with BMW and Audi. Saab debuted a concept for an entry-premium car at the 2008 Geneva auto show. ANE sister publication AutoWeek named the 9-X BioHybrid the best concept at that year’s event.
Saab 9-x Biohybrid is based on the GM Delta platform and is powered by a direct injected, E85 flex-fuel capable turbocharged inline four cylinder engine of 1.4 liters giving 200 hp (150 kW) at 5000 rpm and 280 N·m (210 ft·lbf) at 1750-5000 rpm.
If you drive faster than 70 km/h (43 mph) the rear spoiler is extended and an underbody diffuser is deployed from the bottom of the rear bumper. When braking at speeds above 100 km/h (62 mph), the spoiler acts like an air brake and also is used to increase the downforce of the car.
Now, most probably, this version of 9-x biohybrid will not enter in production with this characteristic’s, but the design in our opinion is extraordinary, and may become a real competitor for Audi and BMW.