Let’s play Rock, Paper, Scissors! I take the paper (of the virtual kind), we replace the scissors with a more able tool like a chisel and leave the rock where it is. While you or I would probably smash the rock, see what the folks at Peugeot have done!
Earlier this month Peugeot revealed a smashing new concept called the Quartz. One look at the artistry on display and we get it why it’s called so! It is a carving of the highest order and gives us a glimpse of what the company has in its mind for its crossover market.
According to Gilles Vidal, PEUGEOT Style Director, “Its shapely design combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a sedan.” Spanning 2.06 metres in width and 4.50 m in body length this is quite a compact little fella. Maybe a little wide, but we love it! It has LED lighting for efficiency, the headlamps are lens free, and the overhangs are extremely short. The lion logo is at the centre of the grille with a very peculiar chequered pattern which lights up partially depending on where you are looking at it from. Speaking of details, don’t miss the crease beside the headlamps which is a design feature to split the airflow and also acts like a light guide. The bonnet gets side louvers which are to direct the air into the engine area. Look like flared nostrils to me. Talk about attitude!
As the eye moves seamlessly over the roofline it divides into two rear spoilers which further enhance the aerodynamic design. The body itself has two sections in terms of finish, the mineral grey at the front-inspired by rock crystal-and matt black for the rear wings. It’s like the car has a shirt and a pant! The spokes on its 23inch wheels are covered by aerodynamic flaps which direct the airflow into the brakes and act as a cooling aid.
Going around the back, the branding besides linear styling is quite evident. The roof spoilers don’t stick out and seem like a crown jewel while the quartz cut theme continues on the body panels.
Matthias Hossann, PEUGEOT Quartz Style Manager, points out that the cabin showcases innovative, efficient materials. There is no central pillar to accommodate the scissor doors (so that’s where the scissors went). Inside, a range of unexpected materials from both natural and recycled sources contribute to the sensory experience and create an impressive visual and tactile effect.
The theme followed within the cabin is of magma out of a volcano. One could almost visualise the magma flowing in the red highlights. The overall design is minimalistic in nature with a HUD showing only necessary information.
Under the hood, this is actually a hybrid engine with some very interesting combinations. The engine is 1.6L THP 270 developed by Peugeot Sport. It has a six speed automatic transmission. The four cylinder engine delivers a torque of 330 Nm with a specific output of nearly 170hp per liter. The front and rear axles feature an 85kW electric motor. The motors charge the 400V battery during deceleration phases and assists the combustion engine with gear changes. There are three driving modes; all electric wherein it can cover up to 56km on a single battery charge, the Road mode where the combustion engine and the front electric motor work together and the Race mode where the IC engine and both the electric motors are engaged to get the most out of the car. The torque delivery is customised for each wheel depending upon the traction required.
Exciting stuff ahead for Peugeot. We must say that the whole volcano theme comes out quite vociferously. The engine options of a lot of car manufacturers seem to sway towards the hybrid technology in a sign of things to come. It would be interesting to see the various electric and combustion engine options come into effect.
So hopefully you enjoyed the paper, we sure enjoyed the rock and chisel (and the scissor somewhere).