Peugeot’s new Quartz Concept will be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and according to the company, it represents its vision of a high-performance SUV. Featuring stylish scissor doors and a retractable step, the vehicle shows no B-pillar and a body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon. Quartz Concept sits on 23-inch wheels and is 4.5 m long as well 2.6 m wide.
What’s more interesting is found under the hood, where the Quartz arrives with a 1.6-liter THP petrol engine that generates 270 hp and 350 Nm of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the front axle features an 85 kW electric motor with direct drive that charges the 400V battery during deceleration, while the rear axle also gets an 85 kW electric motor for propulsion as well as battery charging.
As a result, the hybrid system develops a total output of 500 hp and offers three driving modes. ZEV covers up to 31 miles on a single battery charge, while Road uses the combustion engine and front electric motor.
Race mode unleashes the power of the combustion engine and both electric motors. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit features a compact steering wheel, inspired by company’s sport models, a head-up display and an instrument panel on both sides of the steering wheel. Each passenger gets a bucket seat with four-point retractable harness.