The Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept World Premiere

Posted on 14. Jan, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 9-4X BioPower

Film Credit: Saab History

Today, I finally got the chance to film and see for my own eyes, the much anticipated 2008 Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept. This vehicle was introduced by Saab Automobile’s premiered at the GM Press Conference today at 11:20am, January 13th, 2008.

This milestone for the Saab Automobile brand signifies two significant systems that will be deployed in this new “crossover” segment. These systems include the recently premiered Swedish designed and engineered XWD Cross-Wheel Drive system, recently premiered in the 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo-X. Secondly, the BioPower system, also Swedish designed and engineered which takes into consideration the use of enthanol (E-85).

The Saab 9-4x BioPower once in production form, will be the halo car for E-85 for the Saab Automobile brand in North America and will be available in 1 years time in about 85-90% of the execution we see in the concept car.

This segment in the crossover also signifies the direct application to specific Saab signature design cues inspired by the Aero-X Concept car.

A thank you of course goes to Saab Automobile & General Motors, CBS News for allowing me to hook my 1/8″ mini-pin connector (need to get an 1/8″ mini pin to PRO XLR adapter) to hook into audio line, BBC news for giving me prime real-estate on the press stage, and Saab Colorado, Inc. for covering the cost of renting the professional camcorder equipment.

This was truly an important historical landmark for the Saab Automobile brand today and all of the journalists, writers and bloggers that I have spoken to have nothing but praise for this new product launch.

A great day, especially for the future of Saab.

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7 Responses to “The Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept World Premiere”

  1. saabyurk (Ted Y)

    14. Jan, 2008

    The Coskata relationship sounds very promising. I almost can’t wait to be driving a 300hp, 2 liter, 4 cyl Saab.

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  2. Don

    14. Jan, 2008

    call me please 303 913 9909

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  3. 1985 Gripen

    14. Jan, 2008

    What the heck? The voice which introduced Carl-Peter Forrester sounded like the guy in Dr. Evil’s lair in Austin Powers who counted down the clock to destruction! Did you see how well the XWD handled that little step?!?! What made Carl-Peter think he should dance? 😉

    The smattering of polite applause (golf claps!?!?) for the vehicle was hopefully just because the audience was so stunned by it! 🙂

    But seriously, thanks for the video, Ryan. And thanks to Ryan’s sponsors, such as Saab Colorado, Inc. for making this possible for the Saab community.

    Perhaps the Aspen and Vail police departments can be pursuaded into switching back to Saab with the 9-4X!

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  4. Aspen Police Department

    19. Jan, 2008

    Thanks for the information on Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept vehicle. It sounds like a beautiful, progressive, and environmental machine. Unfortunately for Saab-lovers, the Aspen Police Department has recently received approval from the Aspen ‘s City Council to move forward with a trial of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid as our next patrol vehicle. There is one Highlander already in place to be outfitted with police equipment in Denver and should be on the streets of Aspen within weeks. Once the vehicle is thoroughly tested and approved, the department plans to move forward with replacing the Volvo fleet with Highlander Hybrids. Please see the related article in the Aspen Daily News regarding this trial phase http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/cops-hope-go-hybrid.

    Even if Saab and the Aspen Police Department were interested in renewing their relationship, the Aspen Police Department is dedicated to the City of Aspen ’s Canary Initiative of reducing greenhouse gases and, therefore, the department would be only interested in a hybrid-type vehicle. The Saab 9-4x BioPower doesn’t seem like it would be a viable hybrid option since there is an extended production timeline (2009) and there is a lack of fuel bioethanol (E85) availability in the Roaring Fork Valley . I will, however, forward the press release regarding the Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept vehicle on to the chief of police.

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  5. Saab History

    19. Jan, 2008

    This is important information, thank you very much for your comments and suggestions.

    It is good to know the current position of the Aspen Police Department and that a relationship renewal is not out of the question, as long as it is aligned directly with your environmental objectives.

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  6. 1985 Gripen

    21. Jan, 2008

    Thank you to the rep of the Aspen P.D. who answered my off-the-cuff comment above. It was the last thing I was expecting.

    While you make very valid points and the fuel economy numbers on the Toyota Highlander Hybrid are very impressive, I feel I must point-out that at least one of the criteria the department is looking at would be won by the Saab: CO2 emissions.

    Admittedly, it’s difficult to evaluate the performance of the 9-4X before the vehicle even begins production, but we can use estimates from similar vehicles to make a case:

    Looking at the official EPA website (http://www.fueleconomy.gov) you will learn that the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid w/AWD emits 7.1 tons of carbon dioxide annually, based on 15,000 miles per year driven and a driving mix of 55% city, 45% highway.

    Using Saab’s estimated numbers for the 9-4X (251 g/km CO2 emission) I calculate that the Saab would only output 6.7 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and that’s when running on straight gasoline. According to Saab’s estimates E85 reduces fossil fuel CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

    Further, the 9-4X running on E85 would help the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil as suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy and further the goal of energy security by consuming less petroleum than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and even the Toyota Prius! This is due to the fact that E85 contains only 15% petroleum-based gasoline and 85% by volume is renewable whereas the Toyota consumes fuel which is 100% petroleum-based and is 0% renewable.

    I hope it’s not uncouth to point this out, and if it is, I apologize in advance to Ryan, but I would like to point-out a couple of comments I made at another Saab-related site regarding the 9-4X and comparing/contrasting it to both the Volvo XC90 and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, rather than copy and paste it all here as well: http://www.trollhattansaab.net/archives/2008/01/saab-9-4x-concept-overview.html#comments

    Maybe now isn’t the time to have this discussion, but come 2009 the department may want to take another look at the Saab and weigh its benefits against those of competitors.

    Again, thanks for your time and forthcoming info.

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  7. stefan

    15. Mar, 2008

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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