New four-wheel drive: Saab Innovation Saab eXWD

So far we have heard little about Saab's revolutionary new electric four-wheel drive. At the Geneva Motor Show Saab presented with the PhoeniX study a preview of the Saab 9-3 successor with eXWD, turbo and hybrid drive. Then came the crisis and with it the silence.

Saab PhoeniX Concept, with eXWD
Saab PhoeniX Concept, with eXWD

Many Saab fans and readers are wondering, what's next? The news is sparse. But the electric all-wheel drive eXWD is capable of running and should go into series production at the end of 2012. The innovative four-wheel drive system, to which Saab has exclusive access for the first time, is also capable of hybrid.

Now development partner Borg Warner has unveiled the eXWD in the US as an eAWD innovation.

A current Saab 9-3 with eXWD (or according to Borg Warner spelling eAWD) came to the “All-Wheel-Drive Symposium” of the American automotive engineers in Michigan. Borg Warner speaks of this system, which Saab brought into a joint venture, of "excellent stability and traction and a consumption advantage of 20% compared to conventional systems".

Several European car manufacturers have already requested this system. If Saab does not make it to a new production start, then we may see this system as a novelty in an Audi or a BMW. But, with very cautious optimism, I'm typing on the world premiere in the Saab 9-3 successor at the end of 2012.

The Saab eXWD is very light and compact, reacts extremely fast and only turns on when traction demands four-wheel drive.

A little message. But it shows us that the Swedes have not been idle during the crisis, and that development has continued.

It could soon come from Trollhattan much exciting. In recent days, it has become noticeably quieter around Saab, the negative headlines remain off.

My optimism is growing. It remains exciting, in a positive sense.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

6 thoughts on "New four-wheel drive: Saab Innovation Saab eXWD"

  • Borg Warner is OEM partner for the system.

  • I thought the development partner for eXWD would be American Axle, not Borg Warner. Or do all three work together?

  • Yep, you seem right, as can be read from Tom's last post. Then let's wait and see.

  • Marc, I think you are thinking in the wrong corner. Nobody knows when the NDRC decides. I sense something else there. Tom makes it exciting. 🙂

  • @ Fru
    That can really only be the “positive” answer from the NDRC. With this decision stands or falls Saab's future ...

    If this hurdle is taken, nothing stands in the way of a production start and my 9-5 SC is finally produced 🙂

  • Hello Tom, yes just precioussmiths. The silence also means something good.

    We are still waiting for the riddle from yesterday's article “very soon, very good news” to be solved,
    is there any áconto from the secret corner?

    Have a nice day and greetings

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