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The Saab Phoenix Concept debuts in Geneva

Even though Saab has introduced a few new vehicles since being purchased by Spyker, all of the production models we have seen since the merger were designed mostly by GM but with the opening of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, we have our first look at the first vehicle fully designed by the Spyker-controlled Saab – the Saab Phoenix Concept.

Spyker has made a name for themselves by building supercars so it is only fitting that this first full vehicle design from “Spyker’s Saab” would feature aggressive sports car form. The Saab Phoenix is intended to give the world a look at the 'aeromotional' design language that we can expect as the new Saab models (like the new 9-3) begin to roll out and this sexy concept was designed by world renowned automotive designer Jason Castriota.

The Saab Phoenix carries supercar styling but it is powered by an advanced hybrid-electric drivetrain, using a 200 horsepower, 1.6L turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and Saab’s new eXWD all-wheel-drive system. Helping to improve economy, the rear wheels of the Phoenix are connected to an electric drive motor, producing 34 horsepower with the use of a compact battery pack. Regenerative braking systems are added to help provide steady charge to the battery and once this innovative eXWD system hits a production car, we can likely expect some plug-in capacity.

The Saab Phoenix is a bit too futuristic looking to really be taken seriously as a future production vehicle, especially with the LED-laden head and foglights but the Phoenix makes for a great looking concept car. If this is a look at what is coming from Saab in the next few years, there could be a very bright future for the Swedish automaker. Both the exterior styling and the electric-aided all wheel drive system are features that could help the Saab brand stand out from other vehicles in the segment – while also setting itself apart from former parent company General Motors.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the Saab Phoenix and stay tuned to TorqueNews.com for more 2011 Geneva Motor Show coverage!

Other Saab and Spyker News:
Spyker sells Spyker Cars, keeps Saab
The first new Saab 94x rolls off the assembly line
The next Saab 9-5 SportWagon leaked ahead of the Geneva debut

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