Peugeot unveils new Urban Crossover Concept at Beijing Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on April 23, 2012

Peugeot has revealed the Urban Crossover Concept at the Beijing car show. The automaker's latest global crossover concept has been designed by its design studios in Paris, Sao Paulo and Shanghai. The vehicle is styled to cater to the future mobility needs of megacities. The Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept is 4140 mm in length and 1740 mm in width.

The concept has design hints from the HR1 concept first viewed in 2010 at the Paris car show. The automaker maintains that it combines the "cheekiness and mischievousness" of an SUV and the "elegance and refinement" of a saloon. The styling features at the front end builds on the appearance of the new 208.

A low roof and raked windscreen add to the sleek profile. Adding to the wide, low stance of the concept are the sculpted wings and flared arches. According to Peugeot, the spoiler and the double-bubble roof design take inspiration from the RCZ coupé. The lights at the back and front have Peugeot's 'claw' design.

With regard to the positioning of the concept, Peugeot disclosed that it is the " synthesis" of its knowledge in developing a small automobile with compactness, agility, confident styling and multi-role ability for young city dwellers that "like the city, live the city, creating the city, while still loving to escape it."

Peugeot has a solid reliability among compact cars (15 million units built in the 200 series) and a recent legitimacy, but it has already been outstanding in crossovers, with the 3008 success (368,000 units sold to date worldwide). With the SXC concept debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2011, Peugeot wanted to develop and combine these two ranges of excellence.

The Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept attempts to synthesise Peugeot's ability in creating a small vehicle with dexterity, solidity, multiple skills, and poised style for young urbanites that like to live in the city, but still love to escape as well.

A unique style of stylishness with sturdiness

Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept unsurprisingly exemplifies Peugeot’s new styling ethos. With its sporty and classical lines, it enforces its daring bearing, shaking up and reinventing standards of large vehicles for the small vehicle range.

Urban Crossover Concept has features that are diverse and distinct: a modern SUV’s height and strength, while being light and aerodynamic; new Peugeot saloon’s subtlety, stylishness, and vitality; but also, a large vehicle’s multiple role capability while remaining compact.

Its front end is both refined and powerful. Sensuous models with a highly sculptured bonnet or front wings convey a supportive feeling of safety and strength. The always floating smiling grille gives a large metal outline, related to the cultured duality of Peugeot's new badge.

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