14 April 2011

Peugeot SxC

Peugeot shows SxC concept car

14 April 2011 - Peugeot plans to launch at least one new model per year in China in the coming years, reinforcing its presence in the world's largest car market. At the Auto Shanghai 2011, Peugeot is launching the Peugeot 508 onto the Chinese market and showcasing a new concept car, 100% designed in China: the SxC.

The "SxC" is a concept car from the Peugeot Style Studios of the China Tech Centre in Shanghai that explores the world of a modern Crossover vehicle. In 2010, Peugeot unveiled a new evolutionary design style with various concept cars. At Auto Shanghai 2011, the Marque's stylists express themselves in another category, which is becoming increasingly popular in the Chinese market, that of the Crossover. With the SxC (Shanghai Cross Concept) this theme is revisited.


The SXC is a vehicle with a strong, asserted character, its style expressing strength and power, without being pretentious, through its lines which are simple and fluid, even muscular, character of the vehicle. Each detail is precisely sculpted on a body with a length of 4.870 m, a height of 1.610 m and a width of 2.035 m.

At the front, the SXC bears the 'new stylistic design codes' of Peugeot. The theme of the unique "floating" grille, which appears to detach itself from the bodywork, fits harmoniously with its stature. The feline headlamps give it a piercing gaze echoing the Marque's emblem, the lion, proudly affixed on the front of the bonnet. This gaze is emphasised further by a luminous LED "signature" recognisable both by day and night. This visual signature is also present in the rear lamps, the "boomerang" shape of which matches the rear styling and has been designed with particular care. Other "High Tech" detailing has been included such as the tapered mirrors housing the rear view cameras.


Its large 22 inch diameter wheels, also contribute to the general balance of the vehicle. Finally, the very protective style of the vehicle, its generous size, its two-part panoramic roof, its accessibility through reverse-hinged doors, promise a particularly vast passenger compartment.

This concept car incorporates the HYbrid4 technology: with an internal combustion engine at the front (which drives the front wheels) and an electric motor at the rear (driving the rear wheels), this technology permits all wheel drive when the engine and electric motor are operating at the same time, benefiting safety and grip in extreme conditions. It also permits driving, at low speeds, in "zero emissions" mode with the electric motor only.


Under the bonnet, the internal combustion engine is a 1.6 litre THP petrol engine delivering 218 bhp. It continues the downsizing strategy of the PSA Group which uses the most advanced technology to manufacture small capacity engines combining a high level of performance and environmental efficiency. Coupled with a 95 bhp electric motor, the maximum potential power output is 313 bhp with a combined fuel consumption of 48.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 143 g/km.