Saab 9-4X BioPower Crossover Concept

The Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept, revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, confirms Saab’s plans to enter the growing Crossover segment with what the company describes as “a dynamic, driver-focused vehicle inspired by Scandinavian values in design and respect for the environment.”

This means that Saab wants a slice of the growing market for crossovers, ie normal cars with the added reassurance of four wheel drive – and they are proposing to offer their crossover with Saab’s engine capable of running on biofuel.

Talking about the Concept’s design features, combined with BioPower engine technology and Saab’s new all-wheel-drive system, Saab Automobile Managing Director, Jan Ĺke Jonsson said “This concept is a clear statement of what our brand is about. It is also an important next step in our plans to enter new market segments with distinctive product offerings.”

Optimised for bioethanol (E85) fuel, producing lower CO2 emissions than petrol, the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre BioPower turbo engine delivers 300 hp and torque of 400 Nm (295 ft.lbs.) and is mated to the Saab XWD (‘cross wheel drive’) system.

The compact, aluminium, four cylinder BioPower engine combines the benefits of turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing for the first time with high-octane E85 fuel (85% bioethanol/15% petrol).

The all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, features active management that splits torque delivery between both the axles and the rear wheels, via an electronically-controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD).

Saab’s designers went for a clean and uncluttered approach, and they also worked with top Salomon ‘Big Mountain’ skiers to devise an innovative storage system for stowing skis and equipment inside the car. The rear cargo deck features a sliding floor with a fold-out aluminium ski-holder, through which up to three pairs of skis and poles can be slotted. Boots are stowed in an underfloor, heated compartment and, for maximum practicality, the entire rear cargo area is covered in a waterproof and scratch resistant rubber ‘skin’.