Saab, the Swedish automaker with a legacy of quirky design, is using a two-seat concept to point to a new design theme for future products.
The all-wheel-drive Saab Aero X carries lots of concept touches -- a body made of carbon fiber, a canopy that opens to give access to the passenger compartment and a 400-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine designed to burn pure ethanol.
"This concept shows the exciting possibilities that are open to us as we evolve a more progressive design language for the brand," said Jan Ake Jonsson, Saab's managing director, in a prepared statement.
Saab is debuting the Aero X this week at the Geneva Motor Show. It also will be shown at the New York auto show in April.
The concept's instrument panel does not contain traditional gauges. Saab says information is displayed in three-dimensional graphics on plastic "clear zones." Light-emitting diodes are used for all interior and exterior lighting.
Saab says computer simulations show that the concept vehicle could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and could reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.
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