Peugeot HX1 unveiled as the French car maker’s surprise for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The innovative car comes with many firsts for Peugeot.
Apart from the unique and pretty awesome styling, the HX1 is also a showcase of new ideas for greater practicality. It is designed to accommodate six people inside, but it’s far from your ordinary MPV. It is low (1.373 m) and wide (1.990 m overall).
The car has extreme aerodynamics, and that means it’s got flaps and bits which deploy at speed and change aero characteristics of the car for better efficiency. It includes turbine wheels and a spoiler and two side skirts located at the top of the tailgate that are deployed above 100 km/h (62.1mph). In fact it has the capability to adapt itself to its environment, to life conditions, driving conditions, etc. and at any time.
What’s more, the HX1 is powered by the firm’s acclaimed Hybrid4 powerplant integrating “plug-in” technology.
The system consists of an internal combustion diesel engine at the front (powering the front wheels) and an electric motor to the rear (powering the rear wheels). The combined output is 220 kW (299 bhp), 150 kW (204 hp) of which coming from the diesel engine and 70 kW (95 bhp) from the electric motor. The car can cover up to 30 km (18.6 miles) in all-electric drive mode. The HX1 thus obtains a combined fuel consumption of just 3.2 litre/100 km with CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.
Another party piece of the HX1 is the unique and frankly vulgar doors make the car look like a Transformer when they open!
The interior is just as stunning as the exterior. Besides teh fusturistic design, it features the materials used (floor and fittings in natural oak with inlaid fibre optics, brushed metal, leather, etc.), existing equipment (digital displays, touch-sensitive screens, etc.), designed lighting (LED spotlights, strips backlit by the natural lighting on the headlining, etc.); all contributing to make a magnificent place to be in.
The two sculpted rear seats are reclinable, a set of controls are grouped in the centre armrest. The centre console includes a minibar and a coffee machine, a discreet acknowledgement to the extensive history of Peugeot products. This console is adorned with white Carrare marble, specially milled “by hand”, which contributes to the exclusive and modern environment.