Peugeot unveiled the Prologue concept at the Paris Auto Show last week. It is a hybrid SUV that will see production by 2011. It will be built in Kaluga, Russia, 180km southwest of Moscow.
The PROLOGUE HYmotion4 concept car incorporates an incredibly innovative power train: HYmotion4 technology.
This name represents the hybridization of a traditional engine (a 2.0 litre HDi FAP with a power of 163 bhp) with an electric motor offering a maximum capacity of 37 bhp. This unit is characterized by an original mechanical layout, since the HDi engine is situated in its usual place under the bonnet and drives the front wheels, while the electric motor, placed at the rear under the bootfloor, drives the rear wheels.
Therefore, there are no mechanical components between the front and the rear, everything being controlled electronically (“by wire”), allowing optimization of space in the passenger compartment.
The end result is a 4-wheel drive vehicle offering reduced fuel consumption in the combined cycle of 4.1 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.