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LA Auto Show: Saab 9-X Air Concept

Is this the future of Saab convertibles?

 |  Dec 30 2008, 11:06 AM


Unveiled at the LA Auto Show, some 25 years after the Swedish company first brought the world a Saab Convertible, the 9-X Air Concept will likely drive the design direction of future 9-3 models.

The convertible roof is a new innovation from Saab and slides away flat into the trunk and under the rear tonneau cover in three sections. Saab is currently looking to patent this design.

Surprisingly the convertible top is a soft top and not a hard top, which is much lighter by design. This is something Saab says is due to the 9-X’s environmentally friendly attitude.

The 9-X Air is actually an ethanol powered Hybrid and uses a turbocharged 1.4-liter Hybrid ethanol engine. Saab claims the engine makes 200hp and is capable of propelling the 9-X to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds.

We don’t expect to see this new powerplant in future North American Saabs but the design language is certain to show through on the next 9-3.