Peugeot is set to reveal to the public its innovative HX1 concept vehicle for a diesel hybrid minivan at the car show in Frankfurt. This ride features a low aerodynamic carriage that will help lessen fuel consumption. Specifically, it has a stance at 1373mm, with a length of 4954mm and width of 1990mm. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain being utilised is the first one to be in a Peugeot vehicle.
The concept also features styling previews that could be found in the company’s next-generation 5008 large minivan. Two people have enough room in the front seats of the vehicle while the rear also accommodates two more.
However, two pull-out seats are also available and are integrated at the back of the front seats. This layout is similar on the HR1 concept that was displayed in the Paris car show last last 2010.
Power for this concept vehicle comes from a 204-hp 2.2-liter diesel with a 70 kW (95-hp) electric motor, providing a total possible output of 299 hp.
The drivetrain comes from system used in the the 3008 HYbrid4. However, the concept vehicle’s lithium ion battery pack is rechargeable from a domestic power socket unlike the 3008 hybrid.
This capability gives the concept a maximum range of 30km or 18.6 miles in all-electric drive mode. Fuel consumption for the HX1 is 3.2 liters per 100km while carbon dioxide emissions is 83g/km.
Peugeot mentioned in a statement that the brief for the concept ride was to develop a vehicle that seats at most six people, while providing strong styling that is both efficient and sporty as well as giving a driving experience that is one of a kind.
In terms of styling, that of the Peugeot HX1 Concept could be considered as pure and not limited by the current norms. Its aerodynamic styling – defined by sleek, elegant and fluid lines – conveys exclusivity and dynamism. These lines highlight the HX1 Concept’s muscular character while its surface shows the amount of precision and detail carved into it.
For instance, the Peugeot HX1 Concept has been fitted with mirrors with integral rear view cameras, panel gaps of only a millimeter, flush fittings, and brushed aluminum window surrounds. Up front, the HX1 Concept features a distinct 'floating' front grille that seems to be 'detached' from the bodywork; although it was designed to complement the concept’s tapered lines. This grille is flanked by feline head lamps while Marque's badge -- the lion – stands on the front of the bonnet. Moreover, the concept features an LED lighting signature that is recognizable both in the day and at night.
This visual hallmark is also mirrored on the rear, with the LED unit’s boomerang shape following the lines of the rear design. Inside, the HX1 Concept features a cabin that further evolves the brand’s 'Motion & Emotion' signature. The interior of the concept blends modernity and refinement, as well as natural materials and technology. For instance, the dashboard and seats feature a pure and futuristic design while floor and fittings uses natural materials like natural oak with inlaid fiber optics, brushed metal and leather.
It’s also admirable that the HX1 Concept features digital displays and touch-sensitive screens, and designed lighting courtesy of LED spotlights, strips backlit by the natural lighting on the headlining. The ‘Emotion’ aspect of the brand’s signature is reflected by the effort to provide the driver of the HX1 Concept with maximum sensation. Peugeot created an interior environment that is both sensory and high-tech by employing brushed metal and digital components.
The French carmaker installed a steering column that can be electrically moved backwards and forwards according to the seat adjustment to provide easier access for drivers. When in ‘cruise’ mode, the movement of the steering wheel is loaded up automatically to improve driver stability and comfort. Peugeot also made it so that the driver could adjust the central multifunctional display. It also designed the instrument panel to provide drivers with the complete sense of vehicle control.
For instance, the 'head-up display' was designed so that it shows all needed information to the driver without having him/her take his/her attention from the road. Meanwhile, the ‘Motion’ aspect of the brand signature is well-reflected on the rear part of the cabin, treating passengers to features that could increase their enjoyment and comfort. For instance, the rear cabin environment used bright and natural materials, employing folded and stitched leather in the process.
Passengers are also treated to two recline sculpted rear seats and have access to controls in the center armrest. Interestingly, the center console features a minibar and a coffee machine and is decorated with hand-milled white Carrare marble.