Saab 9-X Air concept. Click image to enlarge
Detroit, Michigan – Saab has presented its 9-X Air Concept at the Paris Motor Show, a design vision “exploring what a future open-air Saab could look like,” the company said. It features a unique, patent-pending fabric “Canopy Top” and the close-coupled proportions of a sports car with seating for four.
The bodywork of the 9-X Air incorporates prominent rear pillars which curve upwards to mount the flat-folding Canopy Top, and also anchor a wraparound glasshouse with a separate, recessed rear screen.
With its top up, the 9-X Air looks like a coupe; with the canopy stowed and the rear screen up, occupants can enjoy open-top motoring without buffeting. Designed in parallel with the Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept, the 9-X Air shares that concept’s frontal styling and 1.4-litre BioPower engine, running on E85 and producing 200 horsepower.
The 9-X Air was created by a team working under Anthony Lo, Director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe, working in cooperation with the Saab Brand Center in Sweden. Thd debut marks 25 years since the first Saab convertible was shown at the international Frankfurt Show.