Phoenix Saab Concept (2010) [Reviews]

Elegant, innovative and exceptionally powerful: the Saab concept cars from Phoenix introduces features and technologies that will shape the next generation of Saab cars.

Based on a new architecture that will be the next Saab 9-3 model, Saab introduced the concept of Phoenix "aeromotional" design: a visual hint of the principles of aerodynamic design and passion for innovation that inspired the creators of the first car Saab, the iconic Ursaab.

PhoeniX Saab concept encompasses the forms of tears, "liquid metal", and a dash of inspiration spectacular glass conservatory overlooking the fresh expression "wrap" signature Saab design themes and translucent ice blocks.

Clean, muscular form allows exceptionally low drag coefficient of just 0.25, and is also exploring the potential for air flow management through the use of distinctive side-mounted "winglets".

Doors open throttle allow easy access to a 2 +2 cabin that combines simplicity and technology. It has a minimalist, "deleted" feel, including a new expression of Saab's driver-focused and put in a world first for Saab infotainment system IQON and innovative communication. In true Saab tradition, there is also a surprisingly versatile deck loading.
"Phoenix creates a new framework for the future of Saab design the product," says Jason Castriota, Executive Director of Design at Saab Automobile. "It symbolizes the rebirth of an innovative spirit and passion that drove the Saab to build its first car. We are introducing a DNA of vision in front of what we call" aeromotional "design, increasing the feeling of strength and softness. This design shape and differentiation of the portfolio of future models of Saab. "

During her undulating body, install innovative Phoenix Saab engines with an electric rear axle combined with a sophisticated 200 hp, the 1.6-liter gasoline turbo. The result is an intelligent hybrid four-wheel drive capability, which increases driving pleasure while reducing fuel consumption. Combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions are projected cycle of only 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g / km.

The design Aeromotional

Phoenix Saab theme "aeromotional" was inspired by Saab's aviation roots and draws a Ursaab clause, a prototype designed by engineers from the air that has created the first generation of Saab cars.

Complete Concept Saab Phoenix is ​​apparently shaped by the wind. Closely-rich liquid as the skin, dark hole, remember to drop the ice wedges, and seems to explode from the center of the well-muscled body. Two large waves to flow along the hood of the windscreen pillars veiled, as if barely able to contain a strong structure below.

In the back, black screen also broke through the outer skin of the rear axle, tapered tips for style backdrop Ursaab, while the "lumber" Kamm tail echoes in a first cut Saab , the Sonett.

The design has a low front tense interpretation Saab signature three-port grille. A body-colored center wing is now dominant and in accordance with the minimalist design of the vehicle, LED headlights almost invisible located at the end. The new grille and hood forms are among the styling themes are likely to be seen in future car production Saab.

The wing doors for easy access to the low cab. There is no visible door handles and mirrors to disturb the airflow, and small cameras on tall stems provide rear visibility.

On the roof "winglets" allows Saab Concept Phoenix, which cleaves the air as efficiently as possible. They channel the airflow side of the machine and directly above the shelf, reducing the lift for greater stability without increasing resistance.

A minimalist interiors

In true Scandinavian tradition, the 2 +2 cockpit has a clean, minimalist look. This is a "ripped" the feeling of a competitive car, a shell-like seats and metallic interior sections that mimic the network are exposed to rollover cage.

Expressions given new Saab traditional setting instrument driver-focused. A circular platform in front of the driver, in the shape of the afterburner of a jet engine, the presentation of data in line with HUD.
An angle of 45 degrees to the driver, a separate module houses the Saab Infotainment IQON and advanced communications. For good ergonomics, the 8-inch touch screen is as close to the fingertips of the driver and the steering wheel.

Saab IQON (see separate release for details) is a revolutionary car communication platform using AndroidTM Google operating system. Based on revolutionary "open innovation" with third-party vendors and application developers include an integrated IT platform that seamlessly connects to the Internet when the ignition is on. The touch screen provides access to audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation, storage of music on board and smartphone-like download applications.

Red illumination for all instruments and ambient lighting of the passenger brings warmth and emotion to the cabin. This includes ground, where the light pipes are exposed through the perforations in the black blankets. It's all part of the new "design strategy involving fire and ice aeromotional" effect.

Phoenix Saab's curves masks a deep shelf, open the door. It gives access to the cargo deck plate, also folding rear seatbacks, and freight rail adaptive capacity.

Efficient propulsion

The sculpted hood and under the cargo floor, Phoenix Saab Concept Saab's rightsizing strategy progress of transmission. The propulsion system combines a powerful 1.6-liter turbo engine with innovative, electric rear-wheel drive technology.

The compact, all-aluminum diesel engine packs 200 hp (147 kW) and equipped with variable valve timing and lift control and start / stop, low parasitic losses and cut-off. Stainless steel tank is installed, which is lighter and less expensive than traditional engineering plastics,

The engine supports the innovative Saab eXWD. This is the body back from 25 kW (34 hp) electric motor / generator powered by a battery of small size. Regenerative braking is used to preserve battery power.

Now under development for the next generation Saab, this hybrid propulsion system allows the advantages of AWD, and at the same time reduce fuel consumption. Using a six-speed manual, it is expected that the combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are just 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g / km.

The driver can choose one of three eXWD use of space. The default mode the exact fuel efficiency and CO2 to reduce the burden of steering the gasoline engine at low speeds, the Sport mode includes a maximum power of the rear axle torque vectoring on a larger scale and how the traction control allows an excellent take-off tires and the slippery conditions.

Inside and outside, the Saab concept PhoeniX show design directions and technologies that form part of future Saab products.

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