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  Peugeot Quartz Concept
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2014
Introduced at:2014 Paris Motor Show
Engine type:Hybrid
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 18, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Peugeot QUARTZ Concept unveils a new vision for the Crossover segment at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This next generation SUV blends dazzling design with innovative materials and a powerful HYbrid drivetrain to create the ultimate premium family car experience.

"With the EXALT and QUARTZ Concepts, the Brand is showcasing its vision of the high-end automotive market. Peugeot is committed to developing exclusive concepts for its customers through outstanding design, innovative materials and unparalleled sensations." Maxime Picat, Peugeot Brand Chief Executive Officer

The strong, powerful and sporty style of the Peugeot QUARTZ combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon. Sleek lines convey a dynamic feel that's further accentuated by short over- hangs and the dramatic 23-inch wheels sitting inside generously rounded wheel arches. At 4.5m long and 2.06m wide, the QUARTZ has an athletic stance on the road that's further emphasised by its long bonnet and louvres that help improve airflow to the engine.

The lighting system features LED units for improved efficiency. As with all new Peugeots, the lion badge stands in the centre of the grille. But on the QUARTZ it's brought to life by a chequered pattern that shifts depending on the angle you view it from. A glass roof flows towards the rear wings and incorporates two spoilers to further enhance its aerodynamic design. These are aligned with the Coupe Franche separator between the two QUARTZ finishes: mineral grey at the front, inspired by rock crystal, and matt black for the rear wings, offset by occasional splashes of red.

Wheel spokes have been kept to a minimum thanks to the strength of the materials and they're covered with composite flaps. These optimise aerodynamic flow and help cool the brakes to ensure improved heat resistance.

"The Peugeot QUARTZ Concept is the marriage in a single form that embraces the lower aspects of an SUV with the upper features of a saloon. The styling reflects the function of each part. The QUARTZ's sculpted body and innovative materials pack a punch while ensuring dynamic efficiency." Matthias Hossann, Peugeot QUARTZ Design Manager

The QUARTZ is based on the same EMP2 platform that underpins the new 308. The composite structure and bonded panels save weight but bring exceptional stiffness. This enabled Peugeot's engineers to remove the central B pillar and create scissor doors. A retractable step further eases access.

Basalt features strongly in the centre console. This strong but light material is formed when magma is quickly cooled once it comes in contact with the elements. It has the same properties the world over, making sourcing much easier.

The QUARTZ Concept is the first-ever vehicle to employ digitally woven textile. This innovative process can create large and complex components that can be used as soon as they come off the machine. No cutting is required meaning no waste. The textile is woven with polyester fibre from recycled plastic water bottles.

To create a sportier feel, the floor pan, sides and roof are trimmed in black leather, with contact points such as seat cushions and backs in tawny leather. To complete the look, the door frames are milled from a block of composite material. A red hue is used to fill the grooves left by the machine.

"The QUARTZ Concept has a contrasting interior and exterior. The cabin is designed to convey an enticing sense through its sophistication and refinement. Yet the overall feel is undeniably sporty, with an i-Cockpit dedicated to the driver's every need." Sébastien Floutier, Peugeot QUARTZ Colour and Trim Designer

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