Saab has just released a brief overview and hi-res images of the 9-X Air Concept which is set to debut in Paris early next month. As reported yesterday, the 9-X Air Concept foreshadows the Saab 9-3 convertible successor in 2011.

Saab has just released a brief overview and hi-res images of the 9-X Air Concept which is set to debut in Paris early next month. As earlier reported, the 9-X Air Concept foreshadows the Saab 9-3 convertible successor in 2011.

The 9-X Air concept breaks the mould of conventional convertible design with a unique patent-pending ‘Canopy Top’. The design incorporates prominent rear pillars which curve upwards to mount the flat folding fabric top, wraparound glasshouse and includes a separate recessed rear window/windscreen.

The 1.4-liter turbo Saab BioPower engine uses E85 biofuel and hybrid technology. The engine delivers 200 hp (147 kW) with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration of 8.1 seconds and projected CO2 tailpipe emissions of just 107 g/km over the combined cycle.

See the press release below for further details.

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