This is the Peugeot HR1 Concept, an innovative urban concept designed to blend a number of genres (city run-around, coupé and SUV) and targeting active young city dwellers. As you can see from the photos, this is a genuine Peugeot concept, featuring genes of the Peugeot Marque, first seen in March at the Geneva Motor Show, on the SR1 Concept.
As expected, it is a hybrid car powered by a 1.2-liter engine using Peugeot’s THP technology that produces 110 bhp, but also by a 37 bhp electric motor.
This means that the total output of the HR1 Concept is 147 bhp, delivering a combined fuel consumption of 81 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 80 g/km. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with control paddles on the steering wheel. Innovation is a strong feature of all Peugeot models and especially the HR1.
At the rear, the roof bars serve as an ingenious hinge for the opening one-piece, dark tinted glass tailgate. Inside, you find a “High-Tech Coupé” driving position. The driver and passenger are both provided with a “privileged area” within the vehicle, which is separated by a center console which increases the light levels due to the use of electroluminescent diodes.
Peugeot has always been known for innovation and the HR1 Concept is no different with its "man-machine interface.” While intuitive, this "movement recognition" system is simple as it enables the drivers to go through the different functions and select preferred settings with just hand movement.
For instance, when the driver wants to scroll through the menus, all one has to do is rotate one hand and the choices are displayed like a carousel. If the driver is busy, there is the option to give control to the front passenger by sweeping his hand from left to the right.
This system is the same one that controls the air conditioning, audio and satellite navigation. The driver also has the authority to determine what information can be displayed on the car's instrument panel like the revolution counter, the oil temperature and water when under "dynamic driving".
It can also give tourist information when the car is under "cruising". With a mobile PC tablet, the front passenger can share and exchange any data with the display on the driver. Another innovation with the HR1 Concept is called the modularity.
This unique and ingenious feature is aimed at young professionals who live in the city but have no children. The HR1 Concept is a fashionable car but with it has enough room to carry one's shopping or even leisure equipment like diving equipment or a bicycle. Since the floor and sides are flat, the load area is both roomy and practical with 734 liters of space.
In addition to the load area, the passenger compartment can be reconfigured to allow for three, or even four, full size seats. This is all thanks to the "stowaway seat" system. What happens is that the rear seats can be folded down flat and then put behind its front seats which results in the HR1 Concept having a flat load area on its floor.
Similar to the RCZ, the unique shape of its rear tailgate glass paired with the "double bubble" sections optimizes the headroom in the rear. When the seats in the rear are raised, the boot capacity may be reduced but it still has 180 liters of space.