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Trevor Collett | Sep, 18 2014 | 0 Comments

Peugeot has unveiled what it calls “a new vision” for the crossover SUV market with a new concept destined for the Paris Motor Show.

Called the Quartz, the concept is a radical styling direction for the future of medium SUVs.

It may perhaps preview an upcoming Peugeot model - a styling revolution for the 3008 and 5008, each facelifted just last year.

Performance is a key consideration for the concept, with a combined 371kW on tap from a petrol engine and two electric motors - one each for the front and rear axles.

A 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine develops 201kW and 350Nm, matched with two electric motors producing 85kW each with power delivered to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Peugeot claims with a specific output of 127kW per litre, the petrol engine is “one of the world’s top performers”.

In all-electric mode, the Quartz can cover up to 50km on a single charge but ‘Road’ and ‘Race’ mode are also available with assistance from the petrol engine.

Performance features include limited-slip differentials, 305mm-wide tyres and automatically adjustable suspension; which uses a camera to detect changes in the road surface.

Exterior features include LED lights, 23-inch alloy wheels with functioning flaps, an electronically-retractable step, ‘scissor’ doors, two rear wings and a glass roof.

The name ‘Quartz’ is no accident either, with the matt black and mineral grey colours combining with red highlights to reflect a design inspired by rock crystal.

Inside, the Quartz gets a basalt-coloured centre console in what Peugeot calls the ‘i-cockpit’, digitally-woven textiles using plastic from recycled water bottles and fawn-coloured leather highlights sourced from old furniture and clothes.

There’s also four buckets seats with four-point retractable harnesses, an instrument display split to both sides of the steering wheel and a head-up display in the middle.

The Quartz will be joined on the motor show stand by the similarly-styled Peugeot Exalt concept; first unveiled in April this year and then enhanced for a second showing in Paris.

Stay tuned to TMR for more from the Paris Motor Show.

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