The Saab Kalevala is a four-door, four-seats coupe, with the back doors smaller than usual and are rear-hinged to facilitate the access to the cabin.
The front end – dominated by the single, smooth volume of the hood/fenders – takes inspiration from the brand’s emblem and features a modern re-interpretation of the Saab ideographic grille with the U-shaped headlights surrounding two of the three typical front air inlets.
The name Kalevala derives from the Kalevala “Heroes Earth”, an epic poem based on an oral tradition of poetry, published in 1835 by Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), which represented "a point of inflexion in the history of Finland."
As Rubén explains, "I have designed this concept car with the idea of creating a point of inflexion in the design of Saab" that could allow the company to widen its target audience and compete in the premium segment with other carmakers such as Audi and BMW without changing its core values.
Rubén Barrientos is a 25 years student who has just finished a scholarship in vehicle design at the UPV (Polytechnic University of Valencia) as a prize of the design contest organized by magazine Autopista and Nissan.
|Above, the BMW M9 2-seater concept by Rubén Barrientos. The car is inspired by the 507 and 328 historical models|
(Image Courtesy: Rubén Barrientos)