Posted by: jdavis | March 8, 2008

Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept

Saab 9-X BioHybrid

Having seen and read about the various car concepts am ecstatic that I don’t know where to start. There are so many articles, all with different POVs, giving their own two cents worth about the concept cars.

Well, going back to my idea of letting people know more about these things. Allow me to delve on the ins and outs of the Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept, the latest addition of Saab that was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last March 3. Although just a concept for now, hopefully it will come out of the concept room not for long now.

As the designer Advanced Design Director Anthony Lo described it, they wanted to show a car that is youthful, dynamic and more importantly iconic.

Here are some important facts about the Saab 9-X BioHybrid: Saab 9-X BioHybrid


  • it reflects the priorities of youthful customers who seek expressive looks, responsible performance and high-tech communications,
  • All in sporty, fun to drive package,
  • It is a combination between the 9X released in 2001 and the Aero X released in 2006.

Interior Design:

  • It features a driver focused cockpit with row of 5 displays where all menus can be operated, adapted or minimized via controls on the steering wheel.
  • It has programmable lights to reflect your mood or the needs for the seasons’ changes.
  • It has a 4-point seatbelt.


  • It uses rear-view cameras that emerge when you enter the car, these cameras serves as mirrors and displays what they see in front of you,
  • It has an exciting interface for streaming data, entertainment and navigation, allows you to safely use several devices at the same time.
  • One new thing about is the use of solarcell panel which is placed on top as a glass roof. Not only does it add great looks to the car but it also adds charge to the battery pack both when car is parked and driven, it is a way to use the free energy around us to make the car more efficient.
  • The upper and lower bodywork is reshaped to lengthen the roof line which helps reduce drag and in turn reduce fuel consumption.
  • The spoiler flips during heavy braking which adds to the downforce on the rear axle and shorten braking distance.
  • The seat is what they call 2 + 2 where the rear seats are maximized for cargo but can be folded and used if there are additional passengers.

BioHybrid Power:

  • Intelligently powered with 1.4L 85% bioethanol which amazingly delivers 200hp.
  • The electrical hybrid system gives smooth starting and stopping.
  • Gives extra power while reducing CO2 emissions.

Additional: Saab’s Press Release

Technical Specifications

BioPower Engine:
Transversely-mounted, front wheel drive
1398 cc. Four cylinders Bore/stroke: 73.4/ 82.6 mm. Aluminum cylinder head, cast iron block
DOHC, chain-driven. Four valves per cylinder.
Forged steel crankshaft, steel connecting rods. Aluminum pistons, oil spray cooled.
Direct Injection with centrally-mounted injectors. VVT, inlet and exhaust
Sodium-filled exhaust valves
Compression Ratio: 10.2: 1
Intercooled turbocharger. Max. Boost Pressure: 1.6 bar
Dual-mass flywheel. Saab engine management

Max power (E85): 200 hp (147 kW) @ 5000 rpm.
Max.torque (E85): 280 Nm (207 lb.ft) @ 1750-5000 rpm
Max power (gasoline): 170 hp (125 kW) @ 5200 rpm.
Max.torque (gasoline): 230 Nm (170 lb.ft) @ 1500-5200 rpm

Hybrid System
Electric motor/generator with lithium ion battery pack.
Electric power boost, regenerative braking, fuel cut-off, automatic engine re-start

6-spd manual gearbox, automated clutch, sequential gear selection, steering wheel controls

Front: Damper/coil struts, aluminum lower A-arm. Anti-roll bar.
Rear: Torsion beam, two trailing links, coil springs and dampers. Anti-roll bar
Rack and pinion, Electrical power assistance.

Wheels, Tires:
21inch, 245/35R21
Hydraulic, dual circuit, vacuum booster. Discs: 345 mm / 345 mm (all ventilated)

Performance Data
(projected figures)

0 – 100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.9 secs (E85)
8.3 secs (gasoline)

80 -120 km/h (50-75 mph), 5th gear: 8.8 secs (E85)
11.2 secs (gasoline)

Top Speed, 6th gear: 216 km/h /134 mph (E85)
192 km/h / 119 mph (gasoline)

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 6.4 l/100km (E85)
4.9 l/100km (gasoline)

CO2 emissions 105 g/km (E85)
117 g/km (gasoline)




  1. […] has gone high-tech on us, including the auto industry. A few days ago, I blogged about the Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept and I saw how technology has made its mark in almost all the areas in the concept. Here, I again […]

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