Saab opens up 9-X

  • 14-Oct-2008 03:59 EDT
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Saab has applied for a patent on its soft-top Targa-style convertible roof as applied to its four-place 9-X Air concept car.

Continuing its effort to establish an identity, Saab unveiled an open version of the 9-X concept car it showed in Geneva, the 9-X Air.  While there are plenty of established sports car makers, Saab’s reputation is for a combination of practicality and fun, so the 9-X Air is an examination of the potential for a four-seat convertible using what the company terms a “canopy top.”

The fabric top, selected for its light weight and packaging flexibility, is designed to give the appearance of a coupe when it is up.  When the roof is open, the fixed C-pillar gives the impression of an enormous Targa top, an innovation for which Saab has applied for a patent.

The Air is mechanically unchanged from the original 9-X concept, sharing the same 200-hp (149-kW) turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 using E 85 backed by an electric motor/generator and lithium-ion battery pack.

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