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2010-10-01 10:00

Hybrid design: Peugeot's HR1 concept shows off coupe, SUV and city car design elements

Peugeot in determined to shake up the car segment of the market with the unveiling of its  HR1 concept vehicle at the 2010 Paris auto show.

The HR1 carries the styling genes of the French marque's SR1 concept car. The HR1 carries the same headlights as the SR1 and the double bubble on the rear windscreen is reminiscent of the RCZ Coupé.  It benefits from compact dimensions (3.69m long) and short front and rear overhangs while utilising gullwing doors similar to any Lambhorghini.
Hybrid power

Power delivery is provided by the HR1’s HYbrid4 technology which features a combustion engine at the front and a rear electric motor. Switching to the zero-emissions mode will allow drivers to use the electric motor when travelling at low speed or switch to use both engines together offering all-wheel drive.

The 1.2 THP petrol engine provides 81kW coupled with a 27kW electric motor and has maximum power output of 108kW. Fuel consumption is claimed at 3.5 litres/100 km (combined cycle) while producing CO2 emissions of 80g/km. The engines are mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Suspension is provided by Macpherson struts in the front and a torsion beam at the rear.


GREEN FRIENDLY: The HR1 features a 'zero emission's electric drive mode.


The HR1 interior is finished in electro-chrome giving it a very tech look and feel. Drivers won’t have to stare at the instrumentation while driving as vital information is provided via a head-up display on the windscreen. Along with the HUD display, Peugeot is introducing its new “man-machine interface” which will allow drivers to use the vehicle's controls via a movement recognition system.

Certain controls such as scroll menus can be accessed by rotating a hand left or right you to switch controls to the front passenger. The front passenger will have access to a PC tablet which allows information to be shared with the driver's display.

TECH WIZARDRY: Users can conncect PC tablets to the in-dash system.

The HR1 features a modular interior with seating for three. The seats can also be stowed away to create more cargo space. According to Peugeot, the boot space is 180 litres; folding the rear seats flat will enlarge that to 734 litres.

As seen on the RCZ, the special shape of the rear windscreen with its double bubble allows the rear capacity to be optimised.

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