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2010-02-16 12:25
It is called the “5 by Peugeot” and in production form is set to replace both the 407 and the 607 models.

Showing off a dramatically altered face of Peugeot, the concept provides insight into the French marque’s future large luxury car segment and its diesel-hybrid technolgy.

And while its name may be a mouthful, the concept is supposedly easy on the environment.

The concept is powered by Peugeot’s Hybrid4 technology, which means it comes with 149 kW on tap and “spews” up to zero g/km of CO2 emissions when pottering about in electric mode. It also comes with four-wheel drive for use when required.

Viewed from the front, Peugeot’s signature feline look is updated with LED lights within headlamps that frame a new grille design.

The car’s profile is kept neat with brushed aluminium window surrounds and door handles, while the elaborate 19-inch wheels add a sense of the dramatic.

Styling for the rear of the concept is bold, particularly in light of the overstated trio of light clusters. Very eye-catching, indeed.

But other than its astounding appearance, the 5 by Pug concept also previews hybrid technology set to enter series production next year in the 3008 SUV.

A 122-kW 2.0-litre HDI turbodiesel engine is mated with a 28-kW electric motor, bringing total output to 149 kW.

However, Peugeot reckons the beauty of its modular Hybrid4 system is that it can be combined with a range of engines to suit different market requirements and platforms.


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