More to come.
Hm, interesting. I think that the Phoenix looks much better in the ‘wild’ than it does on the showroom floor. Must have to do with the paint job, too bling-bling with all those overhead lights.
Yeah! In true Saab tradition, it’s better in the wild. It looks almost surreal – beyond-real.
Yes, exactly what i have been thinking to. It’s almost like some other car in the outdoor pictures.
It is certainly a powerful looking machine. However, it doesn’t have the elegance or grace of the Aero X concept in my humble opinion. Which of the 2 designs do you think will stand the test of time?
It does look much better ‘in the wild’. This car will get Saab some much needed attention here in North America. I wasnt that keen on the AeroX concept and thought the rear end was kind of ugly but I do think overall it is much more representative of Saab design. It is nice to see hits of it in the 9-5 which truly is a beautifulcar. I do like the front view of PhoeniX which bodes well for the next 9-3.
Really? I didn’t like the headlights too much. Or the side view mirrors. Both looked old and not forward-thinking, like concepts should be.
I agree with you, Chicago. I don’t dislike the PhoeniX, and I love that Saab is still reaching for the stars regarding innovation, but there’s much less on this concept that ignites my entusiasm as there was on Aero X. The true test, however, will come when the next 9-3 is revealed. Castriota is clearly very talented, and I have faith in him and Saab.
it is obvious the Aero-X has classic elegance of design above the PhoeniX-for me it is plain to see evolution of Saab into Aero-X.
There is revolution in te PhoeniX but no continuity no elegance-it is just another sports car for me. its nice its a saab-but it is not superior to the Aero-X which still is a better design.
I honestly think the PhoeniX will hold up just as well if not better, as crazy as that sounds. Jason and I had a discussion about how small cars are easier to understand in person because of scale, and in person the car just makes a lot more sense. He really understands proportion better than anyone in the industry right now. You just have to see this car.
Now I’m sure I need to go to NYC for the Auto Show!
Indeed is very powerful looking, but i am not sure wich one to pick to Aero X or the Phoenix hard choice haha
aero X any time. It’s a classic and it’s criminal not to put it into production
I also think the Aero X as more “production ready” – but this car is very bold an agressive. If SAAB can put the right elements into the next 9-3, they could have a winner.
BTW i think the paint work looks a lot better than the photos i have seen before – its almost as if it the car is made of liquid silver..
Thats very true, what i meant was in tems of design. The wings for example – will never work in real life.
By the way – the danish sales data for march – 21 new saabs sold, 13 9-3 (3 of them were 9-3x) and 8 9-5 – Last year sold: 8 in total.
I think the wings will be something that could work -it is a very clever way of changing longitudinal drag (low drag on a car) into lateral down force -without having a lateral drag (normally very high drag on a car’s traditional rear wing) giving so this gives a very low drag coeficcient for the spoiler-it is very clever-but It just looks odd. Function over form I guess.
I’m not a huge fan of the Aero X, I like the name, but that’s about it. If you look at the Phoenix, you definately see more parts that will make it into production. That hood line is awesome and the front bumper area. I actually really like the wheels too, very Saaby.
Steve C. You are all so lucky to have seen this car up close, don’t think I’ll ever have a chance living in Canada. Was there a good turnout to the event?
Good job Steve, thanks for the update. I wonder what kind of reception the Phoenix will get in NY? I tend to think there will be some fan fare.
Does ‘More to come’ mean Jeff takes PhoeniX? 😀 Nice pictures though.
Just seen swade’s latest “inside”. http://inside.saab.com/the-saab-stand-at-the-new-york-international-auto-show/ it’s a beautiful stand but I’m not sure this is a “fortunate” arrangement of the saab-palette: as accessed by the visitor, the convertible is in front and hiding the phoenix. the very important (for US-market) 9-4x stands somewhere at the back. Aren’t they supposed to act as attractors to the visitors as they pass by or approach the stand? However, the stand’s great let’s hope for a big success 😉 Saabonaut
It was just the angle. The PhoeniX is the star for sure.