2011 Frankfurt Preview: Peugeot HX1 Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2011

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.

Press Release


The HX1 Concept Car gives Peugeot the opportunity to once again illustrate the marque's ability to reflect on new ideas, learn how to evolve and to continually reinvent itself.

The brief for this concept was to produce a vehicle for up to six people, offering strong styling, that is sporty and efficient and at the same time giving a unique driving sensation.

To achieve this, the Peugeot HX1 Concept transcends the notions of adaptability in all areas, with its extreme aerodynamics ('flaps' are deployed to optimise aero efficiency according to vehicle speed), its tapered, low MPV architecture and its HYbrid4 power plant integrating 'plug-in' technology.


The Peugeot HX1 Concept is a prospective concept designed to help envisage future solutions in numerous fields: architecture, aerodynamics, modularity, equipment, interior materials and the environment, not forgetting, of course, powerplants. These considerations have led to very strong bias that breaks from the norm and guided by a theme: 'Metamorphosis', to give the vehicle the capability to adapt itself to its environment, to life's conditions, driving conditions, etc. and at any time.


To meet specifications, the Peugeot HX1 Concept has been designed with an MPV architecture with unique dimensions: low (1.373 m) and wide (1.990 m overall) and with a length of 4.954 m.

This allows for a volume suited to pure, elegant and sleek lines that delivers a low Cd figure for maximum overall efficiency.

Four reverse-opening 'half-scissor' doors can be opened wide for ease of access to the HX1 passenger compartment. These kinematics have also been researched in terms of practicality and to allow accessibility under all circumstances.

The passenger compartment is structured so as to offer maximum comfort for the two passengers in the rear row and maximum sensation for the occupants of the first row. If required, two retractable seats can be configured in a centre row due to a clever system of "pull-out seats", based on the same principle used on the HR1 Concept Car (First shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show); these additional seats are integrated behind the front seats.


Designers have taken aerodynamics to the extreme with Peugeot HX1 Concept. When stationary and at low speeds the HX1's styling makes it appear sculpted from a solid form as the moving parts have been adapted to optimise air flow and to enhance the car's environmental performance. The seven 'spokes' in each wheel rim spike, fashioned like a turbine blade, open to create a flat disc surface. At the same time, a spoiler and two side skirts located at the top of the tailgate are deployed above 62.1mph. When moving, the HX1 therefore adapts itself 'physically' to its environment.

The vehicle has a Cd of 0.28; an outstanding value for a vehicle with an MPV silhouette.

All of these aerodynamic devices have evolved thanks to the free rein given to the immense creativity of Stylists.

Futuristic exterior styling, sculpted through aerodynamics

The Peugeot HX1 Concept is a vehicle that is pure in style; sculptured, upmarket and exuding dynamism and exclusivity. Aerodynamic, its sleek, elegant and fluid lines seem to have been tailored by the wind itself. They subtly underline the athletic, even muscular, character of the vehicle. Each surface is sculpted with precision, each detail is crafted intricately: mirrors with integral rear view cameras, brushed aluminium window surrounds, millimetre-perfect panel gaps and flush fittings, etc.

At the front, the HX1 enhances Peugeot's latest design identity. The theme of a unique 'floating' front grille, which appears 'detached' from the bodywork has been designed to harmonise with the car's tapered lines. The precisely-carved feline head lamps give it an appearance that is evocative of the Marque's badge and history: the lion, proudly displayed on the front of the bonnet. This look is refined by an LED lighting signature, easily recognisable in the daytime or at night. This visual signature is also found in the rear lights, the boomerang shape of which follows the lines of the rear design.

A high-tech and range-topping interior that refines the 'Motion & Emotion' brand signature

The pure and futuristic design of the dashboard and seats, the materials used (floor and fittings in natural oak with inlaid fibre optics, brushed metal, leather, etc.), existing equipment (digital displays, touch-sensitive screens, etc.), designed lighting (LED spotlights, strips backlit by the natural lighting on the headlining, etc.); all of these contribute to create an environment where modernity meets refinement, natural materials meet technology, and so on. This all symbolises the Marque's vision of an upmarket, range-topping interior.


The front has been designed to provide the driver with maximum sensation. The environment is very sensory and high-tech, with its use of brushed metal and digital components. Here again, the vehicle will adapt itself in the real life situation of the driver. Indeed, the steering column can be moved backwards and forwards electrically in line with the seat adjustment for complete ease of access. The steering wheel movement loads up automatically when the car is put into 'cruising' mode for enhanced driver stability and comfort. Finally, the central multifunctional display can be adjusted, leaving only the essential information visible on its edge.

The instrument panel is designed to create the experience of having complete control over the vehicle, like the 'head-up display' which presents all of the information to the driver without them having to take their eyes off the road ahead.


At the rear, maximum attention is dedicated to 'added value' of features and passenger comfort. The environment and the materials used are bright and natural, a mixture of folded and stitched leather. The two sculpted rear seats recline, a set of controls are grouped in the centre armrest. The centre console includes a minibar and a coffee machine, a discreet acknowledgement to the extensive history of Peugeot products. This console is adorned with white Carrare marble, specially milled 'by hand', which contributes to the exclusive and modern environment.

HYbrid4 'plug-in' power plant: even better suited to its surroundings

The Peugeot HX1 Concept integrates HYbrid4 technology, an innovative modular architecture that figures in the Peugeot range on the 3008 HYbrid4, the first diesel hybrid in the world; technology which will also be present on the 508 RXH in 2012.

The principle behind HYbrid4 is clever, yet simple: With an internal combustion diesel engine at the front (powering the front wheels) and an electric motor to the rear (powering the rear wheels), this technology enables all four wheels to be driven when the engine and motor work together, for increased safety and traction in extreme conditions. It also enables the vehicle to be driven at low speeds powered just by the electric motor in 'Zero Emissions Vehicle' mode.

Under the bonnet of the Peugeot HX1 Concept the engine is a 204 bhp, 2.2 litre HDi diesel, linked to an automatic

6-speed gearbox; the same powertrain as that used on the 508's range-topping GT version. Coupled with a 70 kW (95 bhp) electric motor, the combined output can develop a potential 220 kW (299 bhp).

However, one of Peugeot's priorities is to maintain its position as environmental leader in the years to come. The HX1 therefore takes us one step further. It is equipped with 'plug-in' functionality: the lithium-ion batteries can be recharged by 'plugging in' the vehicle to a standard 240V mains electric socket. This means that it can have a longer 'ZEV' range, i.e.: it can cover up to 18.6 miles in all-electric drive mode. The Peugeot HX1 Concept thus obtains a combined fuel consumption of 88.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.

Concept Shoe

Peugeot, when creating its concept car HX1, teamed up with Pierre Hardy, creator of luxury shoes to design an exclusive 'concept-shoe' which would be aligned with appeal, modernity and a unique capacity for transformation.

In collaboration with Stylists from Peugeot, Pierre Hardy created a shoe using materials, technology and quality of manufacture which echoed the interior of the vehicle. In the image of this Concept Car, the shoes adapt themselves to the life of their wearer : a slipper ideal for driving slides into a 'high-heel' structure to become an elegant shoe for a more glamourous occasion.

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