THE CONCEPT-CAR To detach from Citroen, Peugeot must go upmarket. The concept car Quartz explores the trail of a competitor to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 another. The time when Peugeot had limousines and sports V12 at the Paris Motor Show is well and truly over! If the Lion has always intended to impress the barge, he does it this time more pragmatically. Thus, the concept car is a hybrid SUV Quartz 4.50 m long, a genre that has a priori not much to inspire dreams. It seems especially announce the trail from the top of the range Peugeot future. The "Back in the Race" plan Carlos Tavares, head of PSA provides for a drastic reduction in the number of models in the range. The 508 and 807 will no doubt costs, opening the space for a SUV, more sellers in international markets.
The Audi Q3, Hyundai Santa Fe and BMW X3 did better watch out, then. Behind spectacular style, the Quartz hides a rather credible mechanics. It rests on the modular platform EMP2, already used by the 308, to which is added an air suspension .. The front McPherson certainly specific, is more traditional can not while the multi-link rear suspension, incorporating an electric motor is similar to what is found on the 3008 HYbrid4. Indeed, the Quartz takes a hybrid scheme combining the 1.6 THP 270 hp RCZ-R with two electric motors (one front and one rear) 85 kW (115 hp) each. Depending on the situation, either just help the thermal block. Everything can be combined (provided you select the "Race" on the dashboard) to develop a total of 500 hp. Finally, the Quartz is able to travel 50 km by only electricity power.
Beyond this typical mechanical assembly concept cars of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group, that is indeed the style that will appeal to visitors. Thus, Quartz uses the two-tone body (black and gray matte mineral in this case) with "clean cut", inaugurated by the Onyx there two years. Furthermore, alloy wheels adopt carbon inserts. BMW X4 also appears in the viewfinder of the craft, as evidenced by the speech Ossan Matthias, head of the style of this study. "Peugeot Quartz is a monolith in a SUV which are cut in the lower part and an upper part sedan". That recalls the words of the designers of the Bavarian manufacturer.
Inside, Peugeot has pursued this concept car its search for original materials and the source is located near the place of manufacture. This is so crude basalt, present in all regions. Moreover, the leather seats from antique furniture to disposal. Finally, the digital weaving polyester fiber seats possible to cut the pieces at the right, eliminating waste due to falls. Ergonomics is for its classic who knows the range. This produces the instrument cluster in the up position, as on the 308, and the "Toggle Switches" These aircraft type switches already seen on the 3008. A 3008 whose Quartz claims in philosophy. From there to imagine the arrival of a big brother, there is only one step.