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(from Peugeot Press
Release) With the HX1 concept car, which redefines the
notions of expectation and emotion, Peugeot is again illustrating
its ability to learn how to evolve and to reinvent itself
The specification for
this prospective study is: to produce a vehicle for up to six
people, while offering strong styling, that is sporty and efficient,
giving unique driving sensations.
To achieve this, the HX1
transcends the notions of adaptability in all areas, with its
extreme aerodynamics (the “flaps” are deployed to optimise aero
efficiency according to vehicle speed), its tapered, low MPV
architecture and its Hybrid4 powerplant integrating “plug-in”
A UNIQUE AND TRANSFORMABLE
CONCEPT, AIMING FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY
The HX1 is a prospective
concept, designed to help envisage future solutions in numerous
fields: architecture, aerodynamics, modularity, equipment, interior
materials and environment, not forgetting, of course, powerplants.
These considerations have led to very strong biases which break from
the norm and are guided by a theme: “Metamorphosis”, to give the
vehicle the capability to adapt itself to its environment, to life
conditions, driving conditions, etc. and at any time.
To meet specifications,
the HX1 has been designed with an MPV architecture with unique
dimensions: low (1.373 m) and wide (1.990 m overall) for a length of
This allows for a volume
suited to pure, elegant and sleek lines, in accordance with an
optimised Cd for maximum overall efficiency.
half-scissor doors can be opened wide, for ease of access to the HX1
passenger compartment. These kinematics have also been researched in
terms of practicality and to allow accessibility under all
compartment is structured so as to offer maximum comfort for the two
passengers in the rear row and maximum sensation for the occupants
of the first row. If necessary, two retractable seats can be
configured in a centre row due to a clever system of “pull-out
seats”: based on the same principle used on the HR1 concept car
(Paris Motor Show 2010), the additional seats are integrated behind
the front seats.
The designers have
carried out an extreme job on the car’s aerodynamics. When
stationary and at low speeds, the HX1’s styling makes it appear
sculpted from a solid form as the moving parts have been adapted to
optimise air flow and to enhance the car’s environmental
performance. The seven vanes in each wheel rim spike, fashioned like
a turbine, open to create a flat disc surface. At the same time, a
spoiler and two side skirts located at the top of the tailgate are
deployed above 100 km/h (62.1mph). When moving, the HX1 therefore
adapts itself “physically” to its environment.
The vehicle has a Cd of
0.28; an outstanding value for a vehicle with an MPV silhouette.
All of these aerodynamic
devices have evolved as a consequence of the free rein given to the
immense creativity of the stylists.
STYLING NOT RESTRICTED BY NORMS
Futuristic exterior styling,
sculpted through aerodynamics
The HX1 is a vehicle
that is pure in style; sculptured, upmarket and exuding dynamism and
exclusivity. Aerodynamic, its sleek, elegant and fluid lines seem to
have been tailored by the wind itself. They subtly underline the
athletic, even muscular, character of the vehicle. Each surface is
sculpted with precision, each detail is crafted intricately: mirrors
with integral rear view cameras, brushed aluminium window surrounds,
millimetre-perfect panel gaps and flush fittings, etc.
At the front, the HX1 bears and enhances Peugeot’s latest design
identity. The theme of a unique “floating” front grille, which
appears detached from the bodywork, has been designed to harmonise
with the car’s tapered volumes. The precisely-carved feline head
lamps give it an appearance that is evocative of the Marque’s badge
and history: the lion, proudly displayed on the front of the bonnet.
This look is refined by an LED lighting signature,easily
recognisable in the daytime or at night. This visual signature is
also found in the rear lights, the boomerang shape of which follows
the lines of the rear design.
A high-tech and range-topping
interior that refines the “Motion & Emotion” brand signature
The pure and futuristic
design of the dashboard and seats, the materials used (floor and
fittings in natural oak with inlaid fibre optics, brushed metal,
leather, etc.), existing equipment (digital displays,
touch-sensitive screens, etc.), designed lighting (LED spotlights,
strips backlit by the natural lighting on the headlining, etc.); all
of this contributes to create an environment where modernity meets
refinement, natural materials meet technology, and so on. This all
symbolises the Marque’s vision of an upmarket, range-topping
compartment reflects the Peugeot signature:
- « The Emotion Side » :
The front has been
designed to provide the driver with maximum sensation. The
environment is very sensory and high-tech, with its use of brushed
metal and digital components. Here again, the vehicle will adapt
itself in the real life situation of the driver. Indeed, the
steering column can be moved backwards and forwards electrically in
line with the seat adjustment for complete ease of access. The
steering wheel movement loads up automatically when the car is put
into “cruising” mode for enhanced driver stability and comfort.
Finally, the central multifunctional display can be adjusted,
leaving only the essential information visible on its edge.
The instrument panel is
thus designed to create the experience of having complete control
over the vehicle, like the “heads-up displays” which present all of
the information to the driver without them having to take their eyes
off the road ahead.
- « The Motion Side » :
At the rear, maximum
attention is dedicated to added value of its features and passenger
comfort. The environment and the materials used are bright and
natural, a mixture of folded and stitched leather. The two sculpted
rear seats are reclinable, a set of controls are grouped in the
centre armrest. The centre console includes a minibar and a coffee
machine, a discreet acknowledgement to the extensive history of
Peugeot products. This console is adorned with white Carrare marble,
specially milled “by hand”, which contributes to the exclusive and
HYbrid4 “PLUG IN ” POWERPLANT:
EVEN BETTER SUITED TO ITS SURROUNDINGS
The concept car
integrates HYbrid4 technology, an innovative modular architecture
that figures in the Peugeot range on the 3008 HYbrid4, the first
diesel hybrid in the world; technology which will also be present on
the 508 RXH.
The principle behind
HYbrid4 is clever yet simple: with an internal combustion diesel
engine at the front (powering the front wheels) and an electric
motor to the rear (powering the rear wheels), this technology
enables all four wheels to be driven when the engine and motor work
together, for increased safety and traction in extreme conditions.
It also enables the vehicle to be driven at low speeds powered just
by the electric motor in “Zero Emissions Vehicle” mode.
Under the bonnet of the
HX1, the engine is a 150 kW (204 hp) 2.2 litre HDi diesel, linked to
an automatic 6-speed gearbox; the same powertrain as that used on
the 508’s range-topping GT version. Coupled with a 70 kW (95 bhp)
electric motor, the combined output can develop a potential 220 kW
However, one of
Peugeot’s priorities is to maintain its position as environmental
leader in the years to come. The HX1 therefore takes us one step
further. It is equipped with “plug-in” functionality: the
lithium-ion batteries can be recharged by ‘plugging in’ the vehicle
to a standard 240 V mains electric socket. This means that it can
have a longer “ZEV” range, i.e.: it can cover up to 30 km (18.6
miles) in all-electric drive mode. The HX1 thus obtains a combined
fuel consumption of just 3.2 litre/100 km with CO2 emissions of 83
Peugeot, when creating
its concept car HX1, teamed up with Pierre Hardy, creator of luxury
shoes, to design an exclusive concept-shoe which would be aligned
with appeal, modernity and a unique capacity for transformation.
In collaboration with
the stylists from the Lion Marque, Pierre Hardy created shoes using
materials, technology and quality of manufacture which echoed the
interior of the vehicle. In the image of this concept car, the shoes
adapt themselves to the life of their wearer: a slipper ideal for
driving slides into a “high-heel” structure to become an elegant
shoe for a more glamourous occasion.