Saab 9-3 EAWD Demo Vehicle to Be Showcased at SAE All-Wheel Drive Symposium

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

At this week’s SEA All-Wheel Drive Symposium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, OEM supplier BorgWarner will show off its next generation of AWD systems including a new hybrid-electric setup. The system, known as eAWD, will be fitted to a Saab 9-3 and BorgWarner claims it will offer, “superior stability and traction with lower emissions and up to 20 percent better fuel economy.”

Saab announced a similar system on its Phoenix Concept (above) at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year. Calling its version eXWD, the setup makes use of a 200-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine and 34-hp hybrid system with power constantly going to the front wheels, while sending power to the rear wheels when necessary. Saab claims the setup would be able to deliver a 50-mpg rating.

In addition, BorgWarner will display new single and multi-gear eGearDrive transmissions for electric cars.

GALLERY: Saab Phoenix Concept

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  • Alyeska2112 Alyeska2112 on Oct 04, 2011

    Just a small detail. Saab's system is called "eXWD" (aka "Cross wheel drive"), not "eXDW".