Peugeot reveals 493bhp plug-in hybrid SUV concept
Peugeot is attempting to combine three of the most popular current motoring trends in its latest concept car – the 493bhp Quartz SUV.
This new machine offers butch 4x4 styling, along with plug-in hybrid technology to boost economy, and a huge dose of power for incredible speed.
This concept also boasts radical styling, especially in the two-tone grey and orange paintwork of the show car, which will debut at next month's Paris motor show.
Peugeot claims that its new concept blends "the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon". The company also says that this machine will provide "the ultimate premium family car experience", with a centre console constructed with volcanic basalt and floors and roof trimmed in black leather. The seats however are trimmed in tawny leather (whatever that is...).
The 4.5m-long show car will feature whopping 23-inch wheels and sits on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 308. Helping to raise 493bhp, the Quartz has the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine from the RCZ R, which puts out 266bhp, while the front and rear axles are boosted by twin 114bhp electric motors.
This hybrid is claimed to be able to cover up to 31 miles on electric power alone, while Road mode adds charge back to the batteries under braking. Race mode on the other hand makes the most of all the power on offer with a limited-slip differential for ultimate driver appeal.
Despite its on-road bias, this vehicle also offers a huge 300-350mm of ground clearance – more than twice the figure of most typical hatchbacks. The concept also includes a retractable step, reports Autocar, making it easy to get into, along with scissor doors and no middle pillar between the doors.
This new Peugeot will appear at the Paris motor show alongside several other concepts including the 208 HybridAir and Exalt models.