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  • 15 October 2014
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    Paris Motor Show: Peugeot Round Up

    Peugeot Quartz

    ·  Sporty crossover concept debuts next generation Quartz

    ·  Set to shake up SUV market & rival the Qashqai

    ·  Based on the same Peugeot 308 EMP2 platform

    Pitched as the SUV of the future, Peugeot rolled out the striking Quartz at the Paris Motor Show this past fortnight. Blending a stunning design with revolutionary materials, a powerful Hybrid drivetrain resides under the bonnet to deliver a premium family car experience.

    Style is central to the angle Peugeot have developed in making an impact in the SUV market. The design combines the athletic stance of an SUV with the styling of a saloon, encapsulated by the long bonnet and 23 inch wheels that ooze power and aerodynamic refinement. As SUV design has moved from raw durability to softer features that are more suitable for the road, the Quartz has set the scene for future developments. 

    The roof is completely glass providing a panoramic view that allows light to flood into the cabin and accentuates the intricate interior that commands your attention. The technology is delivered in a simple way that minimises excessive buttons and switches, giving the interior a clean sweeping appearance that flows well and reflects the exterior shape. Based upon the i-Cockpit found in the 308, information is communicated through the head-up screen, with a small instrument placed either side of the compact steering wheel. Based on the common design in F1 cars, the square steering wheel improves responsive handling through embedded controls, allowing the driver to use indicators, shift gears and ultimately channel the Quartz’s performance at their fingertips.

    A 1.6 THP 270 engine resides under the bonnet, developed by Peugeot Sport making it one of the world’s best performing power hubs. Controlled through a 6-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder engine achieves 170bhp per litre of fuel.

    Pencilled in for arrival sometime in 2016, prices are expected to start at a competitive £18 000.

    Peugeot 308GT

    ·  Available in both hatchback and estate

    ·  Where power and style meet

    ·  Lower ride height and aerodynamic body kit

    Already “Car of the Year” winners 2014, the 308GT delivers pure exhilaration derived from a sporty quality that is unparalleled. With all performance cars, looks are just important as execution and the range of colours and accessories available keep choice to a maximum. Aluminium pedals, stainless steel door sills and an Anthracite-coloured trim all add effect. Outside, the frame for both the hatch and estate are sleek, harnessing fluid lines that when combined with the lower ride height make the model hug the road. Outstanding suspension and optimised body stability really add to this handling. The 18” diamond alloys are stunning, as is the high-gloss black diffuser that encases the twin exhaust pipes and really catches the eye.

    Engine wise there will be two choices, either the 1.6 e-THP 205 turbo petrol or GT180 that comes with a 2.0 BlueHDi 180 turbo diesel engine. The later offers automatic transmission with both engines offering Stop & Start technology for fuel conservation.  

    Excellence in engineering and a focus on performance has meant the 308GT has a superb power-to-weight ratio. Surprisingly, Peugeot have kept alive an allure of mystery regarding one element of its performance; the 0-60 acceleration times! Subsequently, enthusiasts continue to speculate. Check out the first press film released from the Paris Motor Show below. 

    Peugeot 208 HybridAir

    Introduced as “ground breaking”, Peugeot continue to target 141mpg by the close of this decade, with the 208 HybridAir spearheading this campaign. Core to this aim is the hybrid drivetrain, harnessing compressed air technology rather than expensive batteries to optimise a small capacity engine. Holding up to 20 litres of compressed nitrogen and oil, the air tank discharges the oil through a motor which in turn turns the front wheels. There’s three models available, varying the level of compressed air dependency based on intended use (city commute or motorway journeys).

    Interior wise it’s pretty much the same as the current 208, with Peugeot’s attention focused on improving the models build and design to maximise fuel economy. A lower stance, spoiler and smooth windscreen surround ensure the 208 has optimised all aerodynamic features, with overall car weight lowered by 100kg through improved metal composites that keep the 208 powering forwards, for longer, on less.

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