Vijay Pattni14 April 2011

Peugeot SxC concept revealed

Hybrid crossover developed for Chinese market unveiled ahead of Shanghai show

Peugeot SxC concept revealed

China is fast becoming the world's largest consumer of cars, and as such, is getting much love from the car industry. Enter the latest Chinese high-five: the Peugeot SxC concept.

Unveiled ahead of its Shanghai motor show world debut next week, the SxC (Shanghai Cross Concept) is a hybrid crossover concept designed in China by the Peugeot Style Studio and continues the design themes set forth by the SR1 roadster, BB1 electric car and Batmobile-esque EX1 electric racer.

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Don't be fooled by the ‘feline headlamps' and floating grille and ‘boomerang' rear styling, though: this thing is as bold as the lion emblem which sits up front. It's lower, longer and wider than a BMW X5, itself no stranger to obesity. Peugeot insists, however, this portly bulk is ‘protective' and gives a particularly commodious cabin.

It gets Pug's 1.6-litre, 218bhp petrol engine driving the front wheels, while an electric motor adds 95bhp and powers the rear, giving a total of 313bhp. Naturally, you can drive it as an all-wheel-drive model, or either the engine or motor separately. Combined, it offers 48.7mpg and emits 143g/km of CO2.

Oh, and it gets reverse-hinged doors too, coupled to 22in wheels and interior components made from brushed aluminium.

Have a gander through the pics and let us know if it tickles your eco-spot, and we'll bring you more live from the show. When we get there, of course.

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