Peugeot pulls covers on SXC crossover concept

Peugeot pulls covers on SXC crossover concept

Peugeot is out to send a message at next week’s Shanghai Auto Show with its new SXC concept car. That message will be that the French carmaker is committed to developing vehicles for the Chinese market.

The proof is in the pudding with the SCX concept designed right there in Shanghai by Peugeot’s Style Studios of China Tech Centre. The name SXC actually stands for “Shanghai Cross Concept”, with Peugeot making it clear that the crossover study was build to suit the tastes of Chinese buyers.

At 4,870mm long and 1,610mm tall the SCX is a largish, sleek crossover using similar styling to Peugeot’s other concept offerings like the SR1, HR1 and the EX1. The French firm states that the study combines elements from both SUVs and sedan models. In profile the SCX has coupe-like lines, there’s concept car staple suicide doors and a thin glasshouse, while creative tailgate styling dominates the rear.

The concept’s drivetrain comes from Peugeot’s HYbrid4 technology, combining a conventional combustion engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor at the back for an all-wheel-drive set up. The 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor produces 162kW of power while the electric motor adds a further 70kW into the mix. Fuel consumption is suitably impressive with a quoted figure of 5.8 litres per 100km while C02 emissions are 143g/km. There is a fully electric mode available on the SCX but only at low speeds and a range hasn’t been quoted.

Peugeot’s striking concept will be shown alongside it’s 508 sedan that is expected to be locally manufactured for the Chinese market.

 

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