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PEUGEOT Quartz Concept: an exceptional Crossover that is a thrill to drive

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PEUGEOT has been building on its lead in the Crossover market since 2009. With the Quartz Concept, it has unveiled a new vision for the segment, blending the heightened expression of a next-generation SUV with the punch of its more high-performance models.

There is an original athletic air about both the exterior and the cabin, both of which boast an outstanding design and use of innovative materials, featuring basalt, digitally woven fabric and chiné leather.

The Quartz i-Cockpit is fully focused on driver needs while helping to harness the potential of the PEUGEOT Sport developed 500hp drive train and intelligent running gear. 



 

With the Exalt and Quartz Concepts, the Brand is showcasing its vision of the high-end automotive market. PEUGEOT is committed to developing exclusive concepts for its customers through outstanding design, innovative materials and unparalleled sensations.

Maxime Picat, PEUGEOT Brand CEO

 

PEUGEOT's style strength lies in its prowess in tackling a saloon or hatchback just as effectively as a crossover to create the kind of stylish car that people would really love to own.

Gilles Vidal, PEUGEOT Design Director

 

 

An ultra-athletic crossover

 

The strong, powerful, sporty style of the PEUGEOT Quartz is clear from the outset. Its shapely design combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon.

 

Its road-holding capability is immediately evident in the front end, which spans 2.06 metres in width, sitting on broad, 305mm tyres. The lighting system features LED units for improved efficiency. The lens-free headlamps are enhanced by a light guide that emerges from the side of the body to divide the air flow. The PEUGEOT lion logo stands in the centre of the grille, brought to life by a chequered pattern that shifts depending on the angle of view.

In profile, the sleek lines ably convey the dynamic feel of the concept. The 23-inch alloy wheels and Continental tyres sit inside generously rounded wheel arches. The overhangs are extremely short to ensure that as much as possible of the 4.50m body length is utilised for the vehicle's occupants. The engine is nonetheless given pride of place under a long bonnet enhanced by louvres that improve air intake. The electronically retractable step adds to a flank inspired by styles found in the textile industry, with fitted pleats fastening the material taut to the structure while lending volume to the wheel arches.

The upper section of the cabin gives the impression of a single block in which the various functions have been carved. The metallic arches encase and attach the windows to the body, enhanced by a sculpted body form that captures the light. They also add to the vehicle's silhouette by lending a mineral appearance to the overall finish.

As it flows towards the rear wings, the glass roof moulds into two spoilers that further enhance the aerodynamic design. These are aligned with the Coupe Franche separator between the two Quartz finishes: mineral grey at the front - inspired by rock crystal - and matt black for the rear wings, offset by occasional splashes of red.

The Quartz Concept's efficiency is underscored by the precision of each feature and component. The spokes on the 23-inch alloy wheels have been kept to the bare minimum made possible by the strength of the materials, and are covered by composite flaps. In addition to their style, these flaps also optimise aerodynamic flow and cooling for the brakes, via the air intakes, to ensure improved heat resistance.

 

The PEUGEOT Quartz Concept is the marriage in a single form that embraces   the lower aspects of an SUV with the upper features of a saloon seamlessly carved. The styling reflects the function of each part. The Quartz's sculpted body and innovative materials pack a punch while ensuring dynamic efficiency.

Matthias Hossann, PEUGEOT Quartz Design Manager

 

The cabin showcases innovative, efficient materials

 

A new manufacturing process was created to remove the need for a central pillar and create scissor doors to enable easy access. Quartz is based on an EMP2 platform vehicle with a composite structure and bonded panels. In addition to weight savings, this solution offers excellent body stiffness, which makes it possible to remove the structural support normally provided by the central pillar.

A retractable step adds to the comfort of all four passengers. Inside, a range of unexpected materials from both natural and recycled sources contribute to the sensory experience and create an impressive visual and tactile environment.

 

The Quartz Concept has a contrasting interior and exterior. The cabin is designed to convey an enticing sense through its sophistication and refinement. Yet the overall feel is undeniably sporty, with an       

i-Cockpit dedicated to the driver's every need.

Sébastien Floutier, PEUGEOT Quartz Concept Colour & Trim Designer

 

 

The strength and lightness of basalt symbolises the Quartz Concept itself and features strongly in the centre console. Basalt is formed when magma is quickly cooled once it comes in contact with the elements. It has the same properties the world over, making sourcing for target markets much easier. In this case, the basalt is left in its raw form to contrast with the other materials used.

 

The Quartz Concept is the first-ever vehicle to feature digitally woven textile. This innovative process can create large and complex components that can be used as soon as they come off the machine. No cutting is required, meaning there is also no waste. The textile is woven with polyester fibre obtained by recycling the kind of plastics used to make water bottles. The process can also produce parts of significant thickness, making them softer and reducing the need for the foam normally used.

Leather is of course present, in keeping with the greatest automotive traditions. To create a sportier feel, the floor pan, sides and roof are trimmed in black leather, with contact points such as seat cushions and backs trimmed in tawny leather. This fawn-coloured trim is sourced from matured furniture and clothing.

To complete the look, the door frames are milled from a block of a composite material, with a red hue used to fill the grooves left by the machine. The resulting pattern of lines creates a sense of movement, which constantly changes the appearance.

 

A driver-dedicated i-Cockpit

 

Inside, each of the four passengers has a bucket seat providing optimal interior space. The seat structure is left exposed and features a four-point retractable harness, with floating cushions and backrests trimmed in tawny leather to ensure excellent comfort.

The driver's seat has a solid wraparound fit to match the car's high-end performance, with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit keeping everything at the driver's fingertips. The compact steering wheel with embedded controls is inspired from competition models and offers the utmost efficiency, allowing the driver to use the indicators, change driving modes and shift gears with ease. The head-up display provides a large, configurable screen with a central 45-degree polycarbonate strip to show additional information and create added depth.

The instrument panel is found on both sides of the small steering wheel and head-up display is angled towards the driver to ensure easy access to the toggle switches. On activating one of these controls, the driver sees the information travel along the relevant optical fibre.

 

 

A high-performance drive train

 

The Quartz concept's sculpted styling requires an outstanding engine. Developing a total of 500hp, the full-hybrid plug-in drive train comprises a petrol engine supplemented by two electric motors.

The evocatively embossed bonnet houses the 1.6-litre THP 270 power plant developed by PEUGEOT Sport. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder engine delivers torque of 330Nm, with a specific output of nearly 170hp per litre, making it one of the world's top performers. The front axle is also driven by an 85kW electric motor with direct drive. This charges the 400 V battery during deceleration phases and assists the combustion engine with gear changes. The rear axle also features an 85kW electric motor for propulsion and battery charging. A specific ESP handles braking distribution between the four wheels to ensure both vehicle stability and optimise battery charging.

 

There are three driving modes: ZEV can cover up to 50km on a single battery charge using the plug-in battery; in Road mode, the combustion engine and front electric motor work together to enhance driving pleasure and maximise battery charging during deceleration; Race mode harnesses the power of the engine and both electric motors to get the most out of the chassis and running gear equipped with limited-slip differentials. This makes it possible to divide torque between the wheels based on the individual grip of each.

 

To use the system to its full potential, the Quartz front axle employs bespoke McPherson struts, with a multi-arm arrangement on the rear, including on-board electric motor. The pneumatic suspension automatically adjusts ground clearance between 300 and 350mm. This function is controlled by an optical system that literally reads the road, using cameras linked to a navigation system to anticipate changes in the road surface.

 

The Quartz concept delivers an outstanding drive. Performance, responsiveness and intuitiveness ensure unparalleled enjoyment behind the wheel. The Quartz Concept showcases a novel PEUGEOT approach to high-end sports models.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pierre-Yves Etienney +33(0) 762 629 891

pierreyves.etienney@peugeot.com 

 

 

 

 

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