family might be going back to their pepper mill business
since losing a big stake in the company, but the automaker itself is still hard at work with a new concept for the Paris Motor Show
. Its latest creation is the Peugeot Quartz that imagines a high-performance CUV with a 500-horsepower, hybrid drivetrain on tap.
To move this sporty-looking CUV, Peugeot fits it with the company's 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 270 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic, then augments that with two electric motors that each produce 114 hp (85 kilowatts) to directly drive the front and rear axles. The automaker claims that the Quartz could go 48 kilometres (31 miles) on a purely electric charge. However in Race mode things get really interesting, and all three power units work together to motivate the concept.
With its long hood and sloping roof, the Quartz looks like a sports coupe that lifts weights. Its 23-inch wheels have composite flaps to direct airflow, and look massive. Up front, the concept is all business with a mesh grille and arching LED headlights. The subtle louvers hidden in the sides of the hood-bulge are an especially neat styling trick. Moving back from there, the red accents on the flanks actually disguise extending steps into the cabin.
Being a French car, it's almost a rule to have at least one truly weird design detail. For this one, it's the double rear spoilers mounted on the roof
. They make the concept look like an excited dog just starting to perk up its ears.
The Quartz's interior is supposed to be reminiscent of the slightly porous texture of basalt rock, with a driver-focused, wrap-around cockpit. Much of it is covered in a "digitally woven" textile from recycled plastic bottles; the new technique allows the company to create large, complex patters with no cutting required, which means less waste. Scroll down
to read the full announcement for this high-performance, hybrid CUV.