PEUGEOT Quartz concept: an exceptional crossover that is a thrill to drive

concept car Quartz Paris 2014 motor show
concept car Quartz Paris 2014 motor show
concept car Quartz Paris 2014 motor show
concept car Quartz Paris 2014 motor show
concept car Quartz Paris 2014 motor show
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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

concept car Peugeot Quartz Paris motor show 2014

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.

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.

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.

The PEUGEOT EXALT concept: a new incarnation for the Paris Motor Show

Concept Exalt Paris Motor Show 2014
Concept Exalt Paris Motor Show 2014
Concept Exalt Paris Motor Show 2014
concept Exalt Hybrid-Kick
PEUGEOT is showcasing the EXALT concept in a new livery at the Paris Motor Show.

The car body features shades of grey that segue from the bare steel covering the majority of the exterior to the distinctive Shark Skin rear end. Inside, the Newspaper Wood finish borrows (literally) from the pages of major business dailies. The tailgate features an ingenious opening mechanism and provides easy access to the HYbrid-kick, an innovative electric scooter, stowed below the boot bottom.

With the EXALT, PEUGEOT continues to build on the imposing vision of the sedan it first unveiled with the ONYX concept in 2012. A vision embodied by materials that achieve a blend of balance, local sourcing, recycling-based production and more.This new automotive experience is powered by a petrol HYbrid4 drive train with an output of 340hp.

A dynamic hatchback

With its sleek, athletic lines, the EXALT embodies all the power of PEUGEOT design. Sitting on wide tracks with powerfully rounded wheel arches, the five-door hatchback expresses its style over a length of 4.70m, combining flat surfaces and straight-cut lines to strike the perfect balance between aggressiveness and softness. The EXALT is unabashedly radical, stripped of any superfluous materials to retain only what is really useful. All materials have been carefully selected with an eye to efficiency.

In homage to the art of the French motor car from the twenties and thirties, the car’s bare steel bodywork is hand-formed by a master panel beater.

The EXALT is one of a kind, offering a fresh take on time-honoured traits synonymous with automobile passion: taut, dynamic lines, a high waist line, a raked windscreen, a low roof (just 1.31m), a very slender profile that conceals a nonetheless spacious cabin, tightly shaped side panels with basalt-fibre sills and 20-inch wheels.

The long bonnet grows out of a particularly expressive front end, where the twin headlamps, set in the bumper, integrate the brand’s recognisable signature lighting. In the middle, the powerful grille emerges from the bodywork and provides the backdrop for the lion. At the bottom, the flow of air supplying the engine is divided by fins housing the LED indicators.

To improve the drag coefficient, the rear of the EXALT is trimmed in “Shark Skin”, an efficient textile that draws on biomimicry to create a technical grain structure that markedly improves the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle and reduces fuel consumption. This feature is highlighted by a clear line between the rear door and the quarter light that creates a sophisticated tone-on-tone transition between the bare steel and the grey of the Shark Skin. The result is a finish notably different from the version seen in Beijing.

The material contributes to the EXALT’s aerodynamic performance—with a SCx of 0.6—alongside other elements, including an air extractor in the rear bumper, the curve of the roof and the profiled mirrors.

With such remarkable aerodynamics, the EXALT’s impact on its surroundings is visual more than anything else, enhanced by a horizontal band in the hollow of the rear spoiler showing the width of the car and the sculpted facet of the lighting signature.

The PEUGEOT EXALT also offers exceptional versatility for a sedan. The tailgate features an innovative pantograph mechanism, which allows maximum opening while needing less space externally.

concept Exalt Hybrid-Kick

The tailgate and integral motorised hobby flap reveals a boot with a low load sill, providing easy access to the HYbrid-kick concept, a foldaway electric scooter stowed below the boot floor that represents an ideal addition when it comes to covering last-mile mobility. Its ease of use makes getting around town so much easier.

Instinctive driving

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit delivers an intense driving experience dedicated to enjoyment. The small wheel trimmed in leather and chiné—a natural wool-based mixed fabric—and the digital instrument panel are intuitively arranged in front of the driver to improve operation and visibility. On the extended centre console, two folding touchscreens emerge from the dashboard. The upper screen gives access to the on-board computer and the Hi-Fi and navigation systems. The second screen presents a permanently visible control bar to provide access to the automatic air conditioning and the “Pure Blue” system.

The dashboard features nine toggle switches, the design of which borrows from the world of music. They are arranged in two groups: two to the left of the small steering wheel; seven to the right. This layout was adopted because of the human brain’s ability to easily remember up to seven items, with regard to position and function. The driver is also free to assign functions to the switches, as desired: access to navigation with one switch, vehicle settings with another, etc.

Activation of the black light system can also be assigned to one of the toggle switches. Built into the headlamps, this system is particularly useful when driving at dawn or dusk: visibility issues are reduced and driving becomes more relaxed with black light improving the clarity of road markings.

For the comfort of its occupants, the PEUGEOT EXALT is fitted with an innovative air treatment system called Pure Blue. When the vehicle is stationary and unoccupied, Pure Blue emits bactericides and fungicides to purify the cabin surfaces. Once the vehicle is moving, an active filter treats the air before it enters the cabin, eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOC) and fine particles. As a result, driver and passengers can always travel in a purified environment.

Visionary design

PEUGEOT EXALT advances the approach initiated by the ONYX concept in 2012.

In a nod to the work carried out on the body of the vehicle, bare steel is used to accentuate the car’s expressive lines. Associated parts such as the wheels are also kept bare to highlight the markings left by the milling machines.

Steel remains bare in all areas where it does not come into contact with the bodies of the four occupants. At the elbows and arm contact points, the EXALT is trimmed in warm toned wood. From the bottom of the windows, it gives way to a natural wool-based chiné fabric used to trim the door panels, the dashboard and the interior roof. Between these two materials, a 3D-printed strip conceals the speakers of the Hi-Fi system. Its structure draws inspiration from anechoic chambers where the dihedral partitions reduce acoustic interference.

The PEUGEOT EXALT provides the utmost comfort for passengers and driver alike. The bucket seats made of composite material feature seat squabs and backrest in chiné fabric with side areas in aged leather.

Fabric and leather are worked together in a process that optimises the use of resources. To avoid off-cuts and waste, the fabric is shaped using clamps. This simple process takes inspiration from the tradition of the finest gentlemen’s tailoring to create surfaces with crisp folds and no stitching.

Leather used in cars is traditionally selected for the absence of markings then tanned to make it flawless. The EXALT concept optimises the skins, drawing on these apparent imperfections to make each a unique signature. Then the leathers are aged naturally, without the use of chemicals.

As part of the campaign to ensure sourcing as close as possible to relevant markets, in China, the EXALT used ebony, chosen because of its plentiful growth in Asia; in Europe, this material has been replaced by “Newspaper Wood”, which, as the name implies, is made from recycled newspapers. This new type of wood has evolved since its initial use on the ONYX concept. It is now obtained by recycling business papers, creating a distinctive salmon-pink hue.

Finally, carbon fibre gives way to basalt fibre, a natural composite. Produced by smelting the stone of the same name, basalt fibre reduces the use of petrochemical resources.

High-performance drive train

Weighing just 1,700kg, the PEUGEOT EXALT is powered by a plug-in HYbrid4 drive train with a total maximum power of 340hp shared between the four wheels.

The chiselled bonnet houses the 1.6L THP 270hp engine developed by PEUGEOT Sport. Coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, this four-cylinder petrol engine develops a specific power output of nearly 170 hp per litre, making it one of the best in the world.

The multi-link rear axle contains a 50 kW electric motor for electric or hybrid phases of operation. This motor is also used to recharge the battery through energy-recovery braking. On deceleration, braking is produced by the resistant torque of the electric motor. In this way HYbrid4 technology draws electricity from kinetic energy that would otherwise be dissipated as heat through the brake discs and pads.

HYbrid4 is smart technology able to instantly adapt to the driver’s wishes by selecting the most suitable mode: all-electric, petrol-only or petrol-electric hybrid, allowing the driver to feel the intensity of the journey and savour PEUGEOT’s know-how in road performance.

With the PEUGEOT EXALT, the brand has unveiled its imposing vision of the sedan, demonstrating once again that emotion is an integral part of its heritage and genes.

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