The appropriately named Phoenix is Saab's first concept after its fire sale by GM to Spyker. This concept serves as a design brief for the next 9-3 model, and shows off not only new design language, but innovative cabin and hybrid technologies.
Saab describes it as "tear drop-shaped" with an outer skin of "liquid metal." The glass canopy evokes Saab's aircraft company roots. The shape actually has a very low coefficient of drag, at only .25, the same as the Toyota Prius.
A 34 horsepower electric motor, the other half of the concept's power train, sits at the rear wheels. It works in conjunction with the gas engine to give the car a hybrid drive system and all-wheel-drive.
The Android-based Saab IQon infotainment system fulfills audio, communication, and navigation needs. Saab currently has a fleet of cars testing a beta of the IQon system, suggesting it will probably be ready for the new 9-3 model.