Castriota to Show the Saab PhoeniX in New York

Having been presented at the Geneva Auto Show this March as an interpretation of a possible Saab future, the PhoeniX concept designed by notorious Jason Castriota will be on display, before the kick-off of the New York International Auto Show, on the Chelsea Piers 23rd St. and Hudson River.

Packed with soon-to-be features that will go into the future Saab models (like the architecture that will be seen on the next generation 9-3) and new design lines, described as being “aeromotional” (the legacy of Saab aviation expertise comes to life in this concept), the PhoeniX is the platform chosen to bring to life the IQon infotainment communications system, a new and, says Saab, innovative solution for modern day demands.

The concept presented in Geneva last month is powered by a hybrid drive train, built from a 1.6l gasoline turbo engine which develops 200 horsepower and an electrically-driven rear axle. The rear wheels are powered by a 25 kW (34 hp) electric motor/generator, that in turn draws its juice from a small battery pack, and sustained by regenerative breaking.

The combination between the engine and motor can be switched to one of three modes, Eco, Sport and Traction, each designed to tap into a different capability of the model.

According to Saab, the exciting PhoeniX concept is capable of reaching a level of 119 g of CO2/km in terms of emissions and has a fuel consumption figure of 5l/100 km. Figures that are, said Castriota when the model was launched, just a small part of the model meant to represent the “renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car.”

autoevolution will be attending the 2011 New York International Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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