5th Saab 9-X

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Jim Holder
05 March 2008

This concept will certainly reach production and marks another step in Saab's goal of expanding into market sectors where it is currently unrepresented.

It's not yet clear if the 9-X name will become 9-1, placing the small four-seater in Saab's line-up, but the entry-level model will rival the Volvo C30, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.

Saab says the car will be a sporty, practical hatchback and share parts with the next-generation Vauxhall Astra. It will, however, have its styling and tuning tailored to give it a Saab character.

The concept car is powered by 1.4-litre biofuel-powered engine linked to a hybrid system. Estimated emissions are 105g/km of carbon dioxide, aided by aerodynamic tricks such as a rood spoiler that retracts at speeds above 43mph to improve aerodynamics.

Other features on the concept car include a slide-out floor, that extends from the boot when the split hatch is opened. It is covered in a high-friction rubber carpet, which grips items and holds them in place. These innovations are not expected to make production, however.

Production is expected to begin in 2010.

Why it's a highlight: Highlights Saab's growing horizons; bold styling; eco edge.