The Saab 9X concept will debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show

Saab is to reveal a high-performance concept car at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show that it says will showcase its future design direction.

The Saab 9X is said to challenge traditional design by incorporating, for the first time within one car, key features usually associated with four different types of vehicle - coupe, roadster, estate and pick-up.

The first photographs released this week show a compact and sporty shape.

"I regard this car as a statement of intent," says Saab Automobile CEO Peter Augustsson. "It is physical proof that Saab is embarking on an exciting journey."

The car spearheads a major product offensive from the Swedish luxury car manufacturer, with at least one new car or concept to be announced every year for the next six years.

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