The Geneva Auto Show kicks into full gear this week, and so far a number of hot new green cars have turned heads left and right. The latest vehicle to hit the scene is Saab‘s futuristic “PhoeniX” gas-electric hybrid concept, which boasts a series of technological advancements we’re bound to see in other Saab vehicles in the near future. Saab reports that the Phoenix’s all-wheel-drive system accelerates from zero to 60 in less than 6 seconds, delivers 47 mpg when mated to a six-speed manual, and has a 25 kW (34 hp) electric motor that drives the rear wheels and provides regenerative braking.
The PhoeniX, designed by Jason Castriota, was inspired by the Ursaab developed in 1946 by the aircraft engineers who launched the company. The new all-wheel hybrid iteration, however, features what Saab calls “aeromotional” design and a number of fuel-saving technologies that are anticipated to be replicated in several models they already have production. The body of the design boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.25.
Under the hood lies an all-aluminum 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine (200 hp/147 kW) that is mated to the front wheels. This gas engine has variable valve timing and lift control, as well as start/stop functionality, minimal parasitic losses, and a fuel cut-off function. The vehicle’s CO2 emission rate clocks in at approximately 119 grams per kilometer.
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