The Saab PhoeniX concept that made its world debut today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show presents design features and technologies that will shape the next generation of cars from Saab, including the IQon infotainment system. The sleek concept car is based on a Saab 9-3 chassis and introduces what Saab is calling “aeromotion” design.
Peugeot is one of the leaders in this field and is set to launch the technology, branded HYbrid4, in its 3008 diesel-electric hybrid later this year. As for the Saab PhoeniX, the concept features a 200 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo powering the front axle and a 34 horsepower electric motor manning the rear. The result is an intelligent, hybrid all-wheel drive capability, which Saab is calling eXWD.
A stretched interpretation of Saab’s signature three-port grille, LED headlights and butterfly doors are some of the notable exterior features. Also, there are no visible door handles or mirrors to disrupt airflow – small cameras on slim stalks provide rearward vision. Under the sculpted hood is a highly-efficient, 1.6-litre turbo engine driving the front wheels along with an innovative, electric rear-wheel drive system. The former produces 200 horsepower and the latter 34. Using a six-speed manual transmission, the car’s projected combined fuel economy is 56.5 mpg (4.16 L/100 km).
The 2+2 cabin adopts a clean, minimalist look. A driver-oriented instrument layout and LED lighting enhance the experience, as do the head-up display and new IQon infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen. Powered by Google’s Android operating system, IQon seamlessly connects to the internet when the car’s ignition is switched on. The touchscreen provides access to audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation and on-board music storage. Users will be able to download a wide range of applications, online services and multimedia functions through a Saab IQon store.