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Geneva 2011: Saab PhoeniX Concept previews a new Swedish shape - Autoblog

Geneva 2011: Saab PhoeniX Concept previews a new Swedish shape

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It's been about one year since Saab and General Motors parted ways, and the automaker is hellbent on showing the world what it's capable of creating on its own means. In addition to an Independence Edition of the 9-3 Convertible, Saab is showing off a major concept for the brand at this year's Geneva show - a design that will preview the future face of the automaker, penned by famed designer Jason Castriota. In case you haven't been paying attention, Castriota has created such pretty creations as the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina and Bertone Mantide.

Castriota's latest creation, the Saab PhoeniX, is a sleek hatchback concept that uses the automaker's new 'aeromotional' design language. Saab describes this as "a visual evocation of the aerodynamic design principles and passion for innovation that inspired the creators of Saab's first car, the iconic Ursaab." Long story short - absolute gorgeousness. The concept uses butterfly doors that reveal a two-plus-two seating arrangement, and the modern interpretation of the Saab teardrop shape is seriously attractive.

Under the shapely metal is Saab's 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four mated to the automaker's XWD all-wheel-drive system. Inside, the PhoeniX uses the new Saab IQon infotainment platform that uses the Google Android operating system. The car itself may be totally conceptual, but we'll see IQon make its way into Saab products in the coming years (stay tuned for more details).
 

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Cool enough concept. Is the car in the background of this pic different from the concept in the main shot you think? Or is it just the photograph? It looks lower in back. Kind of evokes a Sonett feel.

 

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Other than the upper winglets/ribs/ along the doors (I simply do not think that they would last long out in the typical commuter world) I'd say throw it into production and get it out on the showroom floors immediately, well, except for the shape the economy is in right now.
 

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Cool enough concept. Is the car in the background of this pic different from the concept in the main shot you think? Or is it just the photograph? It looks lower in back. Kind of evokes a Sonett feel.
I think it's just the perspective of the pictures. The one in the background appears to be a live video feed of the car in the foreground.

I like it as a concept. Not sure I dig the eXWD but it's a cool idea.
 

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That thing is uglier than Sarah Jessica Parker. The Aero X blows this turd out of the water.
 

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At least they incorporated the Griffin on the front. I don't think this one will peel off.*

I didn't notice that little touch. Crazy.
 

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I think the center of the back end should be glass instead of lights. Like the old CRX had. And I don't like the led tail lights. Other then that, I love the back.
 
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