Peugeot’s ultra-athletic crossover a.k.a. the Quartz Concept arrived in “The City of Light” at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Showing a powerful and sporty style, the Quartz Concept combined the body of an SUV with the interior of a saloon and as you can see from the photos, it features the Coupe Franche separator between the mineral grey finish at the front and the matt black for the rear wings.
Peugeot says that the mineral gray colour is inspired by rock crystal, while the matt black completes the designs, offset by occasional splashes of red. Based on the same EMP2 platform used also by the 308, the Quartz Concept brings exceptional stiffness thanks to the composite structure and bonded panels.
Due to the bonded panels, Peugeot engineers were able to ditch the central B pillar and create stylish scissor doors. What’s more interesting is that the Quartz Concept is the first vehicle to feature the digitally woven textile, an innovative process that creates large and complex components which can be used as soon as they come off the machine.
The process requires no cutting , which means no waste, and the textile is woven with polyester fiber from recycled plastic water bottles. The sporty theme is created with black leather-trimmed floor pan, sides and roof.
Moreover, to complete the look, the door frames were milled from a block of composite material, while red hue was used to fill the grooves left by the machine. The Peugeot i-Cockpit keeps everything at the driver’s fingertips, while the compact steering wheel was inspired by the competition models and comes with controls embedded in it.
Under the hood, there is a 1.6-liter THP 270 petrol engine that generates 270 hp and 330 Nm of torque, complemented by an 85 kW electric motor with direct drive that charges the 400V battery during deceleration.
The rear axle also features an 85 kW electric motor for propulsion and battery charging. Just like any other hybrid model, the Quartz Concept offers three driving modes: ZEV, which uses the electric motor in order to travel for up to 31 miles of 50 km; Road mode, which combines the petrol engine with the front electric motor; Race mode that uses the petrol engine and both electric motors.
Underpinning the new Peugeot Quartz Concept is the same EMP2 platform that underpins the new Peugeot 308. This platform allows the Quartz to employ composite structure and bonded panels to save weight while increasing stiffness. Such materials paved the way for the removal of the central B pillar and the creation of scissor doors. The new Quartz also features a retractable step to make access a lot easier.
Meanwhile, the center console of the new Quartz makes use of Basalt, a light yet strong material that is formed when magma is cooled down as it comes in contact with the elements. Since it has the properties anywhere it is available, sourcing Basalt isn't so difficult.
In addition, the Quartz Concept is the first vehicle to employ digitally woven textile. This digital process allows for the creation of large and complex components that are usable as soon as they are produced. Since cutting is employed, no waste is created. Then, the textile is woven with polyester fiber derived from recycled plastic water bottles.
The roof, floor pan and sides are all trimmed in black leather to create a sportier feel. Contact points – like seat cushions and backs – are wrapped in tawny leather. Moreover, the door frames of the concept are milled from a block of composite material. Then, the grooves left by the machine are filled with a red hue.
Sebastien Floutier, Peugeot Quartz Colour and Trim Designer, commented that the Concept features a contrasting interior and exterior. He noted that while the cabin is designed to exude refinement and sophistication, the interior delivers a sporty overall feel, as partly made possible by an i-Cockpit dedicated to the needs of the driver.