Peugeot to unveil Chinese concept car in Shanghai
Peugeot is poised to reveal a new concept car at the Shanghai motor show designed exclusively at its technical centre based in the Chinese city.
The crossover concept is part of the French firm's strategy to sell 200,000 vehicles in China this year – the new 508 saloon goes on sale there soon.
The SXC concept car is an evolution of recent studies from Peugeot as the firm is seeks to develop a new, more understated design language.
A much larger car than Peugeot has developed recently, the SXC is about the same size as a Porsche Cayenne and taps into the exploding Chinese market for SUVs.
There are currently no plans to develop the SXC into a production car, but Peugeot says the concept does show its ability to tailor its offerings for different markets.
The technology under the bonnet is interesting – a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine developing 218bhp is mated to an electric motor producing 95bhp. Despite a combined 313bhp the SXC is still capable of 48.7mpg and 143g/km of CO2.
That Hybrid4 technology should find its way to a production Peugeot soon – the 22-inch wheels the car sits on perhaps won't, however.
Peugeot has said it plans to release at least a model a year in China over the coming years.