LA Auto Show: Saab 9-X Air Concept

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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