Biohybrid Saab 9-X concept put on hold, likely to stray further from concept

Development work on the Saab 9-X Biohybrid concept revealed at the Geneva Auto Show has been put on hold, company sources cited in Friday's reports have revealed. The in-house staff at GM Europe and Saab are debating what platform the car, which is to become the Saab 9-1, will use.

According to Jan-Ake Jonsson, the Managing Director of Saab, the 9-X concept has to be "redefined." Thus far, the 9-1 was to be built on the same platform that underpins the next-generation 9-3 as well as Chevy's Cruze, though Saab recently decided to downsize its future line-up, making the concept no longer suitable for such a small platform.

Now, the executives are faced with building the 9-1 on a smaller platform, which would change it to a premium supermini and make it lose its unique features, including the active aerodynamics that increased economy by reducing its drag at speeds higher than 43mph.

Power for the concept car was expected to come from a 200-horsepower, 1.4-liter BioPower turbo engine coupled to an electric motor with lithium ion battery.