liter bioethanol 4-cylinder
(from Saab Press
Release) INNOVATIVE 9-4X BIOPOWER CROSSOVER CONCEPT SIGNALS
SAAB PRODUCT EXPANSION
DETROIT The Saab 9-4X
BioPower Concept, revealed today at the North American International
Auto Show, confirms Saabs plans to enter the growing crossover
segment with a dynamic, driver-focused vehicle inspired by
Scandinavian design values and respect for the environment.
The concepts progressive design features are combined with a
responsible, fun-to-drive appeal based on BioPower engine technology
and a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system.
This concept is a clear statement of what our brand is about, said
Jan ke Jonsson, Saab Automobile Managing Director. It is also an
important next step in our plans to enter new market segments with
distinctive product offerings.
The design of the Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept reflects a Scandinavian
principle of simplicity of form, with clean and uncluttered lines,
free of any cladding, moldings or roof bars, and defining
ice-block surface and lighting themes. The progressive frontal
styling and interior design elements also draw inspiration from
Saabs widely acclaimed Aero X concept. Innovative load-carrying
solutions include a unique ski equipment stowage system, developed
with mountain sports specialists Salomon. (Please see accompanying
Optimized for bioethanol (E85) fuel, the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter
BioPower turbo engine demonstrates Saabs commitment to
rightsizing achieving sufficient levels of performance with a
smaller, more efficient engine by delivering 300 horsepower (221
kW) and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm), together with
substantially reduced CO 2 emissions on a source-to-wheel basis.
(Please see accompanying Powertrain release). The key enabler for
rightsizing is turbocharging technology, which Saab pioneered 30
Mated to the industry-leading Saab XWD (cross-wheel-drive) system,
this advanced powertrain promises to make driving to a destination
as enjoyable as the adventure itself.
The Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept was developed by a team headed by
Anthony Lo, GM Europes Director of Advanced Design, in cooperation
with designers and engineers from the Saab Brand Center in Sweden.
We focused on incorporating design themes from the Aero X in a
crossover execution, adding functional, lifestyle features to
support the activities of customers using this type of vehicle, Lo
The driver-focused cockpit in the sporty, four-seater cabin features
an Aero X-inspired clear zone, with a flush-mounted starter button
and infotainment controls, that sweeps up from the central console
to the main display screen. Signature green lighting is used for all
instrument illumination, while other subtle references to Saabs
aviation heritage include the altimeter speed read-out scale and
aircraft-shaped trim on the steering wheel. The panoramic glass roof
is in harmony with a car designed to deliver the enjoyment of
Saab designers worked with top Saab Salomon Big Mountain skiers to
devise an innovative storage system for stowing skis and equipment
inside the car. The rear cargo deck features a sliding floor with a
fold-out aluminum ski holder, through which up to three pairs of
skis and poles can be slotted. Boots are stowed in an underfloor,
heated compartment and, for maximum practicality, the entire rear
cargo area is covered in a waterproof and scratch-resistant rubber
The compact, all-aluminum, four-cylinder BioPower engine combines
the benefits of turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve
timing for the first time with high-octane E85 fuel (85 percent
ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Its a green, rightsizing formula
that gives strong power (300 horsepower [221 kW] and 295 lb.-ft.
[400 Nm] of torque without the additional weight, size, fuel
consumption and higher emissions of a larger, naturally aspirated
engine offering similar performance.
Driver involvement is taken to a new level by the innovative
all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, already available in the 9-3
range. Active management splits torque delivery between both the
axles and the rear wheels, via an electronically controlled rear
limited-slip differential (eLSD). This responsive system rewards the
driver by giving an enhanced, positive force chassis balance.
Overall, the Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept is a vivid demonstration of
Saabs commitment to customers with outdoor leisure interests who
seek a sporty driving experience that is in harmony with nature.