Peugeot displays its ability to come up with new ideas and to reinvent itself with the HX1 Concept Car. According to Peugeot’s brief, this concept is meant to carry as many as six people. Its styling is strong and it is sporty but still efficient, providing unique driving experience. The HX1 goes beyond the principles of adaptability in all areas. It offers extreme aerodynamics. For instance, its ‘flaps’ are deployed to optimize aero efficiency depending on vehicle speed. It has a tapered, low MPV architecture and its HYbrid4 power plant incorporates ‘plug-in’ technology.
The HX1 is a prospective concept that’s meant to aid in visualizing future technologies in many fields like architecture, modularity, aerodynamics, equipment, interior materials and the environment, as well as the powerplants. In developing the vehicle, the theme ‘Metamorphosis’ was used, making it capable of adapting to the environment and to the various conditions that it is subjected to. To comply with specifications, the HX1 features an MPV architecture with unique dimensions. It is as low as 1.373 m; it is as wide as 1.990 m overall; and its length is 4.954 m.
This results to pure, elegant and sleek lines that provide a low Cd figure for optimum overall efficiency. The engine of the HX1 is a 204 bhp, 2.2 litre HDi diesel that’s mated to an automatic 6-speed gearbox. This is the same powertrain used on the 508’s top-of-the-line GT version. When mated to a 70 kW (95 bhp) electric motor, its combined output can produce a potential 220 kW (299 bhp). But one of Peugeot’s priorities is to retain its position as environmental leader in the coming years. The HX1 takes a further step as it has ‘plug-in’ functionality. Its lithium-ion batteries can be recharged by ‘plugging in’ the vehicle to a standard 240V mains electric socket. Therefore, it has a longer ‘ZEV’ range. This means that it can be driven as far as 18.6 miles in all-electric drive mode. The HX1 has a combined fuel consumption of 88.2mpg and its CO2 emissions rating is 83 g/km.