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.

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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.

+ Saab

Via Wired