Saab’s new PhoeniX concept that debuted earlier this year at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show made an appearance yesterday at the 2011 New York Auto Show. As Saab is currently owned by Spyker, who sold their sports car branch so they could focus on the troubled Swedish make, the new concept is said to “establish a new reference point for the future of Saab product design,” said Jason Castroita, Saab’s Automobile Executive Design Director.
Power comes a 1.6L turbocharged engine that has an electric motor on the rear axle for a combined total of 200-hp. Aside from the sporty good looks, the Saab PhoeniX is also all about efficiency with a stop-start and fuel cut-off function.
The electric motor mounted on the rear axle is part of Saab’s new eXWD system that produces roughly 34 horsepower. Regenerative braking is also included in the mix to keep the battery charged when rolling.
Performance figures still have yet to be announced but Saab still stands by their claim that it’s capable of 47 mpg. Let’s hope everything works out for Saab so they can produce it!
2011 New York: Saab PhoeniX Concept:
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– By: Chris Chin