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Saab 9-3 Hybrid to get 'Through the Road' Tech

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author photo by Autotrader March 2011

Swedish carmaker Saab is developing a new hybrid system for its 9-3 luxury sedan.

After a century of focusing primarily on the traditional internal combustion engine, the auto industry is suddenly enjoying a profusion of innovation in propulsion technology. Since the introduction of the first Honda Insight over ten years ago, there have been inline hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric cars. Now Saab is throwing their hat into the ring with what they call “through the road hybrid technology.”

The new system will be Saab’s first attempt at producing a hybrid, and it will debut on the next generation 9-3, set to launch in 2013.

A conventional hybrid, such as the Toyota Prius pairs a gasoline engine and an electric motor to provide combined power to the drive wheels. The Saab approach uses the gasoline engine to drive the front wheels, and a separate electric motor in the back to drive the rear ones. In addition to improving fuel economy, it also provides an efficient method for achieving all-wheel drive.

One of the key advantages to this all-wheel drive setup is that there is no need to add components to connect the engine to all four wheels. That extra complexity has traditionally been a downside for all-wheel drive cars. Typically, the more complicated a system gets, the heavier and less efficient it becomes – and the more prone it is to problems over time.

The electric motor will connect and disconnect to the rear wheels through a pair of clutches, which will allow the car to divert power between the left and right wheels. Saab says this “torque vectoring technology” will help keep the car stable in slippery conditions or during spirited driving.

In addition to offering Saab’s first hybrid powertrain, the new 9-3 will also be the first unique car developed by the Swedish company since being sold by General Motors to Spyker in 2009. Spyker, a Dutch based manufacturer of exotic cars, is looking to rejuvenate the Saab brand.

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Saab 9-3 Hybrid to get 'Through the Road' Tech - Autotrader