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(from Saab Press
Release) The Saab Aero X concept harnesses the power of
Saab's aviation and Scandinavian roots to make a unique statement in
performance car design. Conceived as a study to explore future
design directions, its innovative features preview the development
of an enhanced design language that will inspire future Saab
As you would expect from Saab, this dynamic two-seater sports coupé
breaks with automotive design convention both outside and inside.
First, there are no doors…or windshield pillars. That's because the
Saab Aero X adopts a cockpit canopy, just as you would see on a jet
aircraft. It offers the Aero X pilot full 180 degree vision, and
also facilitates entry and exit from its low-slung cabin.
Thrust for the all-wheel-drive Saab Aero X also comes from a
powerplant with a difference. The 400 bhp, twin-turbo, BioPower V6
engine is fueled entirely by bioethanol, a sustainable energy source
that is kinder to the environment by cutting fossil CO2 emissions.
The 'green power' of this advanced engine gives new meaning to the
phrase 'performance with responsibility'.
Inside, the Saab Aero X's cockpit also adds a new dimension to clean
Scandinavian interior design by completely eliminating conventional
dials and buttons. Instead, Saab has applied techniques derived from
Swedish glass and precision instrument making, displaying data on
glass-like acrylic 'clear zones' in graphic 3-D images.
All exterior and interior lighting is by LED (light-emitting diode),
which has given the design team new freedoms to exploit the compact
packaging benefits of a technology that will be featured
increasingly in future Saab products.
With weight-saving carbon fiber bodywork, a lightweight powertrain,
electronically-controlled suspension and all-wheel drive, the Saab
Aero X is an exciting driver's car that promises a level of
performance to match its looks. Computer simulations anticipate zero
to 100 kph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 kph (limited).
Despite being so tightly driver focused, the Aero X still offers
surprising practicality, again, a quality you would expect to find
in all Saab designs. That dramatically sculpted tail conceals a
useful twin storage facility, with a conventional hatch opening and
sliding drawer underneath.
"This study shows how the strength of the Saab brand heritage can
inspire bold, innovative design," says Bryan Nesbitt, Executive
Director, GM Design Europe. "As we move forward with new Saab
product, we will remain focused on carefully cultivating this brand
equity in the context of Scandinavian design values."
"This concept shows the exciting possibilities that are open to us
as we evolve a more progressive design language for the brand," says
Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile's Managing Director. "Our
designers, engineers and marketers in Sweden are ideally placed to
nurture and communicate the unique DNA of the Saab brand. Their work
will ensure that future product proposals express core qualities,
such as progressive design, sporty performance and emotional
functionality, in a way that is specific to Saab."
The Saab Aero X is the latest in series of concepts from Saab, each
accentuating different brand qualities. These include the
'four-dimensional' 9X (IAA Frankfurt 2001), the 9-3X Cross-over
Coupé (Detroit 2002) and the 9-3 Sport Hatch (IAA Frankfurt 2003).