Saab PhoeniX concept is based on a new architecture which will underpin the next Saab 9-3. The PhoeniX embraces teardrop, ‘liquid metal’ forms and a dramatic jet canopy-inspired glasshouse that gives fresh expression to Saab’s signature ‘wraparound’ and translucent ice-block design themes.
Butterfly doors give easy access to a 2+2 cabin that offers simplicity with technology.
“The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design,” says Jason Castriota, Saab Automobile’s Executive Design Director. “It symbolises a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We’re now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call ‘aeromotional’ design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio.”
The Saab PhoeniX front wheels are driven by a 200bhp 1.6 litre petrol turbo engine, the rear wheels are driven by a 34bhp electric motor. Combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are projected to be 56.5 mpg and 119 g/km.
Don’t expect to see the PhoeniX concept in production, but the design and technologies will be part of forthcoming Saab products.