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Peugeot Quartz Concept is a 494bhp Hybrid SUV – debuts at Paris Motor Show

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

The Peugeot Quartz Concept is a 494bhp Hybrid SUV -

The Peugeot Quartz Concept is a concept from Peugeot heading for the Paris Motor Show next month, and it uses a hybrid setup to offer the potential of huge performance from a pair of electric motors and the 270 PS 1.6 litre petrol engine from the RCZ R. Before you get too excited, it seems unlikely the QuartZ Concept is heading for production with its very concept-y look with scissor doors, pop-out steps for access and no B-Pillar, but it does show what could be done if Peugeot is brave enough and it does show the performance potential of the hybrid platform.

The hybrid platform consists of the 1.6 litre THP 270 engine from the RCZ R – good for 266bhp – and an electric motor on each axle.

Those electric motors are good for 114bhp each – for a total power output of 494bhp – with the front motor producing regenerative charge for the batteries and helping out during gear shifts.

Peugeot say the Quartz can run for up to 31 miles on electric power only, in ‘Road’ mode it uses the petrol engine and front electric motor and adds the rear electric motor in ‘Race’ mode for maximum performance, with all power sent through a six-speed auto ‘box and a limited slip diff.

Under the skin is Peugeot’s EMP2 platform – the same as underpinning the new 308 – and the interior is a take on the latest i-Cockpit design with four individual seats, leather and cloth, a pair of digital readouts and heads-up information.

Peugeot hasn’t revealed any performance details for the Quartz Concept, but we may learn more when it Debuts at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

By Cars UK