The 9-4X Biopower Concept was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show and is intended to be a driver-focused machine with a limited environmental impact.
The vehicle uses Saab’s BioPower engine technology, which is optimised for E85 bioethanol fuel.
The 2.0-litre turbo engine makes 300bhp through an all-wheel-drive system.
The design is based on Scandinavian principles of simplicity, and the car is free from cladding, mouldings or roof bars. The styling is inspired by a previous Saab concept, the Aero X.
A production version of the car is expected in 2009, with diesel power likely to join the BioPower option.
“This concept is a clear statement of what our brand is about,” said Saab Automobile managing director, Jan Åke Jonsson.
“It is also an important next step in our plans to enter new market segments with distinctive product offerings.”