Saab is one of those brands that will always be remembered by a group of fervent fans and established itself as an automobile manufacturer in Sweden in 1945 and started launching quite remarkable vehicles. The story changed in 1989 when General Motors acquired 50% of the company. At that time some of the best models were made and in 2000, Saab was fully absorbed by GM. Due to the crisis, the great American conglomerate decides to sell Saab to Spyker Cars in 2010. That saved it from a premature disappearance as would happen with Pontiac or Saturn. But for Spyker it was also difficult to make Saab profitable and in 2012 it was sold to a Chinese consortium called National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS. The fact is that Saab and never again will be the same and that’s why we bring you 5 prototypes that will never come true.
Saab 92 Prototype (UrSaab) 1947
It was also known as UrSaab and stood out for its novel design that achieved a low aerodynamic coefficient. Originally mounted a small two-stroke engine with two cylinders with just 18 HP mounted in a transverse position. The prototype rolled more than half a million kilometers and later gave rise to another improved concept, which would be the prelude to the Saab 92 production.
Saab Novanta Concept 2002
Saab has never been a brand that launched many prototypes or too bold in terms of design. But the Saab Novanta Concept released in 2002 surprised many fans. This copy created by the Italian designer, Bertone, was a futuristic vision of a kind of cross between sedan and crossover. It took as a basis the legendary Saab 9-5 and followed the steps of the previous 9X and 9-3X prototypes, but with bolder forms and an advantage of the interior space highlighted, lacking pillar B.
Saab Aero-X Concept 2006
The Saab Aero-X Concept introduced in 2006 became one of the most praised design exercises of the brand. Its main feature is that the doors and windshield were connected, resulting in a canopy type opening of the most unique. It had coupe shapes, carbon fiber body and a twin-turbo V6 engine with 400 HP with all-wheel drive.
Saab 9-X Air Concept 2008
At the 2008 Paris Motor Show this Saab 9-X Air Concept made an appearance, a convertible variant of a previous prototype with the same name. It replaced its covered type opening with an electric hood and two conventional doors that gave rise to its interior of four seats. Its bold design attracted attention, with windows that followed the fall of the roof. The mechanics were also prototype, mounted a 1.4 turbo engine that could run on gasoline or bioethanol E85.
Saab PhoeniX Concept 2011
The Saab PhoeniX Concept is the last prototype presented by Saab at the Geneva Motor Show 2011. It stood out for an attractive design with aeronautic inspiration and worked aerodynamics, with a multitude of details such as butterfly doors, turbine wheels or darkened rear and full of LED. This coupe had an interior 2 + 2 equally striking and advanced, in addition to a hybrid propulsion system with a gasoline engine for the front axle and an electric for the rear.