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Saab 9 X Air E

This is Saab's 9-X Air Concept, which provides a "tantalising glimpse of what a future convertible from Saab could look like" we're told. In other words, this is probably a preview of a new small convertible that will do battle with the Audi A3 Cabrio and BMW 1-Series Convertible. The new Saab 9-X Air features what the Swedish company calls a "Canopy Top"; a targa-style canvas roof that straddles the fixed rear pillars and the windscreen frame. These truncated pillars reduce buffeting and improve safety while also making the 9-X Air look like a coupé from most angles. It's also likely to be a cost-effective and low-weight alternative to a full convertible roof and Saab says it has already filed a patent for this radical convertible roof design. Given that most people who drop the roof put up the windows and a rear wind deflector, it makes a lot of sense to us. The slide-out 'shelf' that replaces the 9-X Air's boot is unlikely to make production, however. The 9-X Air is powered by a 1.4-litre, turbo-charged, bio-ethanol, hybrid engine that produces 200hp, enough for a 0-100km/h sprint of 8.1 seconds. CO2 emissions are expected to be as low as 107g/km over the combined cycle. The production version of the Saab 9-X will possibly be badged "Saab 9-1" and is at least a year-and-a-half away. It will be built on the same Delta II platform as the Opel Astra and Chevrolet Cruze although it will probably have a bespoke rear suspension instead of those car's torsion-beam setups ...

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