GM to Introduce Beefed-Up FlexFuel Saab at LA Show
14 December 2005
General Motors will feature seven new models at the upcoming Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in 2006, one of which is a more powerful concept version of a flexfuel Saab, the Saab 9-5 Aero BioPower Concept.
The 2.3-liter turbocharged Saab 9-5 Aero BioPower Concept can burn ethanol blends of up to 85% (E85), and delivers almost 20% more maximum power—310 hp (231 kW) vs. 260 hp (194 kW)— and 25% more torque—441 Nm vs. 350 Nm—than its gasoline counterpart.
In September, Saab introduced a new 2006 BioPower Saab in Europe. (Earlier post.) That 9-5 2.0t BioPower delivers 180 hp (132 kW) and 280 Nm of torque with a 2.0-liter engine, compared to 150 hp (110 kW) and 240 Nm when using gasoline—another 20% increase in power and a 16% gain in torque.
E85 fuel has a much higher octane rating (104 RON) than gasoline and is suited to turbocharged engines. Saab’s Trionic engine management system facilitates re-programming to accommodate the different ignition timing and fuel/air mixture requirements of E85 fuel. Trionic continuously monitors, detects and makes any adjustments necessary for the use of E85 or gasoline in any combination.
The 2006 2.0t BioPower is on sale in Sweden.
The other vehicles to appear at the LA show will include:
The newly redesigned 2007 Chevy Aveo Sedan.
The all-new 2007 Suburban. One of GM’s key full-size models, this is built on the new full-size architecture (earlier post) and will go on sale in the second quarter of 2006.
2007 GMC Yukon XL. Also a key full-size unit for GM, and also based on the new architecture, the Yukon goes on sale in the second quarter of 2006.
Corvette Z06 Daytona Pace Car.
2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP. Solstice GXP features GM’s all-new Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo with direct injection technology, the most powerful production engine in the Ecotec family.
2006 Saab 9-3 20 Years Edition Aero Convertible, powered by an all-new 250-horsepower, 2.8L V-6 turbo engine.
GMC PAD concept. A diesel hybrid “urban loft with mobility.”
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