Saab’s green car contribution at this year’s ongoing Geneva Motor Show is the sleek looking Phoenix hybrid concept. This vehicle, with an “aeromotional” design inspired by the Swedish car maker’s aviation roots, is said to be based upon new architecture which will empower the next Saab 9-3 model.
The Phoenix hybrid concept, according to Saab, sports an an electrically-driven rear axle mated to a sophisticated 200 hp, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine. Combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are projected to be just 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g/km. This rear unit houses a 25 kW (34 hp) electric motor/generator powered by a small battery pack. Regenerative braking is used to sustain the battery’s charge. The vehicle will have three driving modes, supporting options for economy, speed and traction control.
Technology on the inside of the 2+2 cabin is highlighted by the iQon system, a car communications platform powered by the Google Android operating system. This open system, working with third-party service providers and applications developers, is an embedded computer platform that wirelessly connects to the Internet when the hybrid is started. The touch-screen interface provides access to what Saab says is audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation, on-board music storage and smartphone-like downloading of applications.
On the outside of the Phoenix, Saab says this vehicle is “tightly-wrapped by a liquid like skin” and that “the teardrop cabin resembles a dark ice block and appears to erupt from the center of the muscular bodywork. Two prominent ripples flow along the hood into the disguised windshield pillars, as if barely able to contain a powerful structure underneath.” We guess that is what they mean by “aeromotional” design?