Peugeot is gearing up for a hectic 2014 Paris Motor Show the only way it knows how. Weeks after announcing that it would display a “re-imagined” version of the Exalt Concept in Paris, the French automaker followed that up by releasing details surrounding its other Paris-bound prototype, the Quartz Concept. Unlike the Exalt Concept sedan, the automaker developed the Quartz Concept to serve as a preview of its SUV lineup.

That’s basically the purpose of the Quartz Concept, although it would be unfair to dismiss it as nothing more than a showcase concept of future models. On its own, this coupe-crossover has a lot going for it, including an aggressive body that’s highlighted by not one, but two rear spoilers.

It would be interesting to see how Peugeot approaches the Quartz Concept in the future. We all know how its important for the French brand to finally stake a claim to the ever-growing coupe-crossover market in the UK and the world.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Peugeot Quartz Concept.

  • 2014 Peugeot Quartz Concept
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    500
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    40000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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It has so many body lines that it’s hard to figure out the exact shape Peugeot is going for.

The Quartz Concept looks every bit the part of a prototype, which is to say that any future crossover based on this model will look dramatically different. But that’s okay because Peugeot has made it clear that the Quartz is its “vision’ for a next-generation crossover.

It’s a dynamic concept in a lot of ways. It has so many body lines that it’s hard to figure out the exact shape Peugeot is going for. But the French automaker likely intended it that way to showcase the Quartz as a well-chiseled coupe-crossover as an aggressive machine ready for the future.

The front section is distinguished by a longer-than-usual hood that has louvers on each side to improve the air flow to and from the engine. The massive Lamborghini-like air intakes on both ends of the lower, front bumper also gives that sports-car vibe, similar to the way the angular headlights create a nice depth to the front-end appearance of the concept.

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That’s a pretty cool design I wouldn’t mind seeing in a future Renault crossover.

On the side, you’ll find electronically retractable steps that I presume will have no future in any production model but is still cool enough to justify making it onto the Quartz Concept.

Another unique attribute of the Quartz Concept is the low-slung roof, which apparently is made of glass and molds into a pair of spoilers at the back. That’s a pretty cool design I wouldn’t mind seeing in a future Renault crossover.

Rounding out the Quartz’ exterior look is a set of massive 23-inch alloy wheels covered by composite flaps. that helps improve aerodynamic flow and cooling for the brakes.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,500 mm (177.1 inches)
Width 2,060 mm (81.1 inches)

Interior

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That being said, Peugeot did use a lot of black leather, specifically on the sides and roof of the cabin.

As dynamic as the Quartz Concept’s exterior is, the cabin is a little more subdued, supposedly imbibed with an earthy done characterized by the use of basalt rock texture and “digitally woven” textile from recycled plastic bottles. In other words, it’s weird. But I do get the 2+2 seat configuration given the relative lack of space in the cabin and Peugeot’s decision to extend the center console all the way to the back.

That being said, Peugeot did use a lot of black leather, specifically on the sides and roof of the cabin. There’s also the presence of the more unique tawny leather on the seat cushions and seat backs that Peugeot made from old clothes and furniture.

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The competition-style steering wheel is nice and functional, thanks to the bevy of controls attached to it.

Peugeot is also using the Quartz Concept to tout its new i-Cockpit, which supposedly creates a cocoon-like environment for the driver, allowing for a more personalized driving experience. The competition-style steering wheel is nice and functional, thanks to the bevy of controls attached to it.

Also included is a head-up display that shows additional information needed to make the most of the Quartz driving experience.

Drivetrain

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The Peugeot Quartz Concept is powered by a hybrid system that features a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That’s combined with two electric motors, each producing 115 horsepower. All together, the engine is capable of unleashing 500 horsepower. Peugeot released no performance numbers, but you can make a case for the Quartz covering the 0-to-60-mph sprint in under five seconds to go with a top speed in excess of 160 mph.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Type 1.6 THP four-cylinder turbocharged engine
Output 270 HP
Torque 243 LB-FT
Front electric motor 115 HP
Rear electric motor 115 HP
All-electric range 31 miles

Prices

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This model isn’t going to get a price anytime soon. But if Peugeot did bring out a production model of the Quartz Concept, we’re estimating that it will cost somewhere around $40,000.

Competition

Renault CAPTUR Concept

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This isn’t so much a competing SUV as it is a potential blueprint for Peugeot to follow. We all know that the Captur is already sold by Renault, but at one point in time, it was also a concept.

Heck, it was as forward-thinking of a concept back in 2011 as the Quartz is now. More importantly, the similarities are uncanny. The CAPTUR Concept also featured an evocative body style that created a rugged and aggressive look. The massive wheels were also a part of the CAPTUR Concept’s presentation, as were the gullwing doors that did not make it into the production version.

Inside, the CAPTUR Concept was as out-of-the-box as you can get. It had an orange theme that was highlighted by fluorescent touches. Oh, and let’s not forget about those fiber ropes.

The Quartz does take a massive leap in performance compared to the CAPTUR Concept. In fact, the latter only came with a 1.6-liter Energy dCI twin-turbo engine that produced a grand total of 160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, well short of the Quartz’s 500-horsepower capabilities.

Conclusion

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I’ve learned to manage my expectations with concepts like this one. On the one hand, I appreciate their purpose of drawing attention through shock value, as is often the case. On the other hand, those polarizing feelings need to be managed carefully to avoid future let-downs.

That’s the approach I’m taking with the Quartz Concept. It’s going to catch your eye in more ways than one, but you have to understand that it’s not really about the concept itself as it is the technology it has.

Those are the things that will eventually translate into a possible production model. Just ask those fiber ropes on the CAPTUR Concept.

  • Leave it
    • * Still a concept
    • * Interior looks cramped
    • * How much of its design and technology will make its way into a possible production model

Press Release

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 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 500 hp drive train and intelligent running gear.

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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 sedan 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 Style 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 sedan.

Its road-holding capability is immediately evident in the front end, which spans 2.06 metres in width, sitting on broad, 305 mm 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 lion logo stands in the centre of the grille, brought to life by a checked pattern that shifts depending on the angle of view.

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In profile, the sleek lines ably convey the dynamic feel of the concept. The 23-inch alloys and Continental tyres sit inside generously rounded wheel arches. The overhangs are extremely short to ensure that as much as possible of the 4.50 m body length is used 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 polycarbonate 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 look 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 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’s efficiency is underscored by the precision of each feature and component. The spokes on the 23-inch alloys 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 is a single block into which an SUV bottom and sedan upper have been seamlessly carved. Styling reflects the function of each part. The Quartz’s sculpted body and innovative materials pack a punch while ensuring efficiency.

Matthias Hossann, PEUGEOT Quartz Style Manager

The cabin showcases innovative, efficient materials

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

The Quartz has a contrasting interior and exterior. The cabin is designed to convey a sense of warmth 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 Colour & Trim Designer

The strength and lightness of basalt symbolises the Quartz 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.

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The Quartz is the first-ever vehicle to feature digitally woven textile. This innovative process can create large and complex parts that can be used as soon as they come off the machine. No cutting is required, meaning there is no waste. The textile is woven with polyester fibre obtained by recycling the kind of plastic 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 old furniture and clothing.

To complete the look, the door frames are milled in 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 borrowed from competition models and offers the utmost efficiency, allowing the driver to use the indicators, change driving mode 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.

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The instrument panel is found on both sides of the small steering wheel and head-up display and is angled toward 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 500 hp, the full-hybrid plug-in drive train comprises a combustion engine and two electric motors.

The evocatively embossed bonnet houses the 1.6L THP 270 power plant developed by PEUGEOT Sport. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder engine delivers torque of 330 Nm, with a specific output of nearly 170 hp per litre, making it one of the world’s top performers. The front axle is also driven by an 85 kW 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 85 kW 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 50 km 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 350 mm. 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.

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

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