Peugeot unveils stylish new crossover concept

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Peugeot SXC concept car could even be the first step in a crossover-styled replacement for the 4007 in the Peugeot range.

Designed and built in China, the car is aimed at the Asian market where large, premium cars are growing in popularity.

However, its styling is reminiscent of the newest Peugeot’s to go on sale in Europe, such as the new Peugeot 508 saloon and updated Peugeot 308.

The front end is in keeping with the new direction taken by the company when it launched its ‘new lion’ badge last year.

This includes the floating front grille and sweeping lines across the flanks of the car. The rear lights are new however, the boomerang shape fitting neatly to the estate-like back end.

Rear hinged doors for easier access and 22" alloy wheels are included in the design, and the raised ride height and commanding driving position is almost SUV-like in its design.

Inside, details are scarce, but Peugeot promises a more upmarket and spacious interior. A two-part panoramic roof and rear view cameras hint at the equipment levels provided in the SXC.

Under the bonnet, the car makes use of Peugeot’s growing reliance on hybrid technology prior to the launch of its first diesel hybrid, the 3008 HYbrid4 and its hybrid version of the Peugeot 508.

The SXC gets a 218bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine matched to a 95bhp electric motor, developing a joint 313bhp.

The SXC is capable of travelling short distances on electric power alone, but with the full hybrid system in use CO2 emissions are 143g/km and fuel consumption is 48.7mpg.

The Peugeot SXC a design experiment at the moment, but its styling could hint at a future direction for the French manufacturer and the idea of a large crossover could be used to foreshadow a new Peugeot 4007 after the success of the 3008 and 5008 crossovers in Peugeot’s line up.