Geneva motor show: Saab Phoenix concept

Saab has unveiled an exciting new concept at Geneva which previews the next generation of 9-3.

The PhoeniX show car features an 'Aeromotional' design said to be inspired by the brand's aviation roots.
Consequently the concept gets a 'teardrop' profile and distinctive jet canopy-inspired glasshouse to go with its butterfly doors.

Saab claims the car's design will influence a future batch of models; that remains to be seen, but the PhoeniX is built on the new platform which will underpin the forthcoming 9-3.

It also features a hybrid driveline which mates a 200bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine to an electrically-driven rear axle, dubbed eXWD by the manufacturer.

The new tech ensures fuel economy of 56mpg with CO2 emissions of 119g/km whilst also delivering 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Inside, the PhoeniX adopts a minimalist look, but also includes an infotainment centre based on the Google Android operating system which apparently offers internet access via an 8-inch touchscreen.

Saab calls the communication package IQon, and much like the architecture beneath the concept, it's likely to be carried forward to the next 9-3.
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