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2008-09-18 10:15
Saab's 9-X Air BioHybrid concept explores future drop-top models and will be shown at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The quirky concept features a "canopy top" and a wraparound glasshouse to break the mould of conventional convertible design, the company says. Its design is also meant to ensure buffet-free motoring for four occupants with the top down.

This interesting look - with the top up, it is meant to resemble a coupe - is further defined by prominent rear pillars and a recessed rear screen.

Designed alongside the 9-X BioHybrid Concept, the 9-X Air shares its 1.4-litre BioPower engine, using turbocharging, biofuel and hybrid technology. This powerplant produces 147 kW and 280 Nm while consuming up to 5 l/100 km. It is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Air concept is the latest in a line of Saab convertibles stretching back 25 years to when the concept that would later become the Saab 900 convertible was first was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983.

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