Saab has unveiled its new 9-X Air concept which could hint at the design style of future open-air roadsters from the brand.

Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept

 

Inspired by Saab's heritage in aviation, the concept boasts what the brand hopes to become the trademark 'Canopy Top' - an evolution of the typical rag top.

Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept

Pushing the boundaries of conventional convertible design, the rear pillar of the 9-X Air concept curves upwards to create the distinct wraparound glasshouse.

Penned alongside the Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept by designer Anthony Lo, the 9-X Air shares its distinctive front end styling, together with its highly efficient powertrain.

 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept

The turbocharged 1.4-litre Saab BioPower engine has been optimised for E85 fuel and incorporates an electric boost hybrid system for optimal fuel efficiency.

Performance is a substantial 147kW and 280Nm with a projected fuel consumption figure of 5 litres per 100kms and 119g CO2/km on standard fuel, which changes to 107g/km and 6.5l/100km when used with E85.

 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept

This is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an automatic clutch and steering wheel mounted controls.

In partnership with Sony Ericsson, the 9-X Air and its hatchback sibling also showcase the next generation of Bluetooth wireless connectivity with one or more mobile devices.

 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept

The in-car interface allows the driver to stream data, entertainment and satellite navigation functions, which are transferred automatically to the car while the device remains in the user’s pocket.

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