2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept Bows in Paris

October 2, 2008
Saab's showing more of the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, a new concept revealed at the Paris auto show this morning.

The new concept's Speedster-like "Canopy Top" gives a different spin on the notion of a Saab convertible, while the rear deck maintains a certain height to provide better crash protection than ordinary convertibles, Saab says in a release. The four-seat concept's top stacks neatly beneath that rear pillar line. With the top up, Saab says, the Air sports a real coupe profile.

The BioHybrid concept shares the powertrain of the 9-X concept shown last year--a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that's ethanol-capable.

Take note of the nifty electronica on the dash and door panels, where translucent plastic hides Bionic Man-style graphics that change according to function--as the 9-X asks this go-round, should it accept or decline the Mondiale de l'Automobile? All signs point to "accept." There's plenty of white-on-gray action in the compact four-seat cabin, like a downer day in Stockholm, but the dash is artfully wrapped around the driver and there's a clear indication of buildability in the 9-X's proportions and interior package.

More tech details to follow--this morning, enjoy some photos from the show floor:

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

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