Combi coupé is an automobile body style which combines the functionality of a hatchback with the appearance of a fastback. The term joins the European term "combi" (for an estate car / station wagon) with coupé.
As a liftback (in some instances a hatchback), the combi coupé incorporates a shared passenger and cargo space, with accessibility via both the passenger compartment and a rear third or fifth door; a fold-down rear seat often allows greater flexibility managing cargo. As a two-box design, the body style includes an A, B & C-pillar.
The term was coined by Björn Envall and first introduced with the 1974 Saab 99. Saab also discussed making a hatchback available for the Saab 96/Saab 95 model range and Envall created the prototype Saab 98. The "Combi coupé" term was later applied to the Saab 900 model line-up. Saab's national competitor Volvo also made a prototype combi coupé.
At the 2010 Paris Motor Show Jason Castriota showed models that indicated that the Saab 9-3 would be available as a combi coupé. It was since then confirmed that the 9-3 would be available as a combi coupé, convertible and crossover.
- TT-DN.se. "DN: Ny Saab kombikupé avslöjad?". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "SvD: "Nya 9-3:an blir en kombi-coupé"" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
- Valdemar Lönnroth email@example.com. "ttela: Kommande 9-3 i tre huvudvarianter" (in Swedish). ttela. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
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