GENEVA — At the auto show here, General Motors took the wraps off what could be Saab's entry in the super-fuel-efficient small-car wars.
It's the 9-X BioHybrid concept, a coupe that runs on E85 and uses a mild hybrid system.
Saab executives would not confirm production, but dealers who attended last month's National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco were told the car is being seriously considered for the United States.
The 9-X BioHybrid is about the same size as a Volvo C30 hatchback.
"Our goal is to offer a portfolio that has something for everyone," said Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman.
The concept car has some neat touches, including solar panels on the roof that recharge the battery pack for the hybrid system.
GM says the 1.4-liter engine — tiny by U.S. standards — cranks out 200 hp. It is teamed with a six-speed manual transmission.
"This latest concept draws on the design cues of the Saab Aero X," said Lutz. If GM builds the car, it would be called the 9-1, Lutz said.
Dealers say Saab needs an entry-level car and a crossover to return the brand to profitability.