2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
PARIS — Peugeot's stunning HX1 concept, which makes its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, previews a future flagship for the brand that combines elements of a luxury sedan and a low-roof, wagon-like MPV.
The HX1 borrows some styling cues from the SR1 coupe concept that was displayed at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, while hinting at the evolution of the brand's thinking since it unveiled the HR1 crossover concept at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
The HX1 looks more upscale than either of the earlier concepts, with the potential to reach production as a top-of-the-line people mover that could blur the lines between sedan and crossover. Perhaps that's why Peugeot refers to the car as a "prospective concept."
The slippery shape of the HX1, which boasts an ultra-low 0.28 coefficient of drag, is enhanced by active aerodynamics, notably a rear spoiler and side skirts that deploy at speeds above 62 mph. The seven-spoke turbine-style wheels also reconfigure themselves at higher speeds to help reduce drag.
The vehicle measures 195 inches long and sits relatively low to the ground, with an overall height of just over 54 inches. It's wide, too, at 78.4 inches.
Design details include a "floating" grille, LED head- and taillamps, plus side mirrors with integral rearview cameras.
The HX1 features four scissors-style doors and seating for six, including a middle row with two retractable seats that pull out from the front seatbacks.
The cabin is lavishly appointed, with floor and panels rendered in natural oak with leather, brushed metal and inlaid fiber optics. The sculpted and reclining seats in the third row are divided by a center console made of hand-milled Carrara marble, housing a coffee machine and a minibar.
The HX1 is powered by Peugeot's familiar HYbrid4 diesel-electric drivetrain, similar to the configuration that will be used next year in the new 508 RXH. A 204-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox, while a 70kW electric motor powers the rear wheels. Combined output is 299 hp, with the ability to run on pure electricity for 18.6 miles. The plug-in hybrid powertrain returns an average 73 miles per gallon, and the lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged from standard household current in Europe.
Edmunds.com says: As hybrids go, this is certainly one of the better looking ones. Then again, the concepts always are more striking than the real thing.