Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept Solar Roof Panels

Posted on 04. Mar, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 9-X BioHybrid

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

This just in from Automotive News on the Solar Roof Panels which harken back to those of the first Saab concept car, the EV-1 which was introduced in 1985 that had solar roof panels that helped with ventilation fans in the cabin opposed to charging the batteries today.

Saab Hybrid Concept has Solar Roof Panels – Automotive News

By Jamie LaReau, March 3, 2008

General Motors took the wraps off what could be Saab’s entry into the super-fuel-efficient small-car wars.

It’s the 9-XbioHybrid concept, a two-door coupe powered by a small turbocharged gasoline engine that has a mild hybrid system. GM estimates fuel economy at 48 mpg on gasoline and 36 mpg on E-85.

Saab executives would not confirm production, but dealers who attended last month’s National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco were told the car is being seriously considered for the United States.

The 9-XbioHybrid is about the same size as a Volvo C30 hatchback.

“Our goal is to offer a portfolio that has something for everyone,” said Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman.

The concept car has some neat touches, including solar panels on the roof that recharge the battery pack for the hybrid system.

GM says the 1.4-liter engine — tiny by U.S. standards — cranks out 200 hp. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

“This latest concept draws on the design cues of the Saab Aero X,” said Lutz. If GM builds the car, it would be called the 9-1, Lutz said.

Dealers say Saab needs an entry-level car and a crossover to return the brand to profitability.

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