Next week’s motor show at the Auto Shanghai 2011 will feature a new concept model from Peugeot, designed entirely in China and which looks likely to form part of a plan to launch at least one new model per year in the Chinese market.
Athletic, powerful and elegant are the terms Peugeot uses to describe the “SXC”, which is a concept car from the Peugeot Style Studios of the China Tech Centre in Shanghai – designed to explore the world of an exclusive and modern Crossover vehicle.
With a length of 4.870 m, a height of 1.610 m and a width of 2.035 m, the SXC is Cayenne rather than Q5 sized, and incorporates the HYbrid4 technology: with an internal combustion engine at the front (which drives the front wheels) and an electric motor at the rear (driving the rear wheels). The HYbrid4 technology permits all wheel drive when the engine and electric motor are operating at the same time, benefiting safety and grip in extreme conditions. It also permits driving, at low speeds, in “zero emissions” mode with the electric motor only.
Under the bonnet, the internal combustion engine is a 1.6 litre THP petrol engine delivering 218 bhp. It continues the downsizing strategy of the PSA Group which uses the most advanced technology to manufacture small capacity engines combining a high level of performance and environmental efficiency. Coupled with a 95 bhp electric motor, the maximum potential power output is 313 bhp with a combined fuel consumption of 48.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 143 g/km.
The SXC bears the ‘new stylistic design codes’ of Peugeot, with a unique “floating” grille, which appears to detach itself from the bodywork. The feline headlamps give it a piercing gaze echoing the Marque’s emblem, the lion, proudly affixed on the front of the bonnet. This gaze is emphasised further by a luminous LED “signature” recognisable both by day and night. This visual signature is also present in the rear lamps, which feature a “boomerang” shape and other “high-tech” detailing such as the tapered mirrors housing rear view cameras.
The concept car features large 22” diameter wheels, designed to convey refinement and strength, and also contribute to the general balance of the vehicle. With a two-part panoramic roof and accessibility through reverse-hinged doors, the SXC promises a generous amount of room for passengers and a spacious feeling cabin.