2011 Saab PhoeniX Concept get aerodynamic treatment
This concept car that previews design features and technologies that will be used by future Saab models, PhoeniX. According to Saab, it introduces an “aeromotional” design, which the company describes as the “the visual evocation of the aerodynamic design principles”.
The car based on the platform that will underpin the next-generation Saab 9-3, the PhoeniX was penned under the supervision of the firm’s new design boss, Jason Castriota. The sports coupe features dramatic details such as the rear-lateral winglets reminding of Saab’s aeronautical roots and the jet canopy-inspired glasshouse. The front includes a new interpretation of the brand’s signature three-port grille which is likely to be seen on future models, as well as the muscular hood.
It is fitted with features Saab’s all-new IQon infotainment and communications system and a new expression of the driver-focused layout. The IQon uses Google’s Android operating system and manages audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation, on-board music storage and downloading of applications.
The PhoeniX Concept offers three eXWD operating modes: Eco, Sport and Traction. The first is set by default and delivers optimal fuel and CO2 efficiency, the second includes maximum power assistance with torque vectoring across the rear-axle and the third enables optimal grip in slippery conditions and at take-off.
2011 Saab PhoeniX Concept get aerodynamic treatment enable a drag co-efficient of just 0.25. The doors open upwards, like on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and offer access to the interior, which has a 2+2 layout.
The PhoeniX is powered by an innovative driveline, with an electrically-driven rear axle combined with a 200HP 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine (most likely sourced from the BMW Group) that motivates the front wheels. The electric motor/generator develops 34 hp and is powered by a small battery pack, which uses regenerative braking to sustain the charge.
The eXWD hybrid all-wheel drive setup and the start-stop system allow for an average fuel consumption of only 5 liters/100 km (47 mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 119 g/km. The eco-friendliness doesn’t mean the PhoeniX is “soft”: it does 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Let’s us to view photos of PhoeniX concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
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