Saab 9-X BioHybrid concept

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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.

Saab 9-4X BioPower
The Saab 9-4X 9-4X BioPower concept car may look familiar and thats because it was shown at the 2008 Detroit motor show.

Designed, the company says, to appeal to a more youthful buyer, the four-seater is expected to go on sale in Europe later this year as part of Saab's push to have a model in every market segment.

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