“The body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon” that’s how Peugeot describe their Quartz concept, which will be revealed to the world in Paris next month.
Behind the PR gumf it’s the French firm’s futuristic take on how it will tackle the next generation of SUVs.
With lights and bonnet with more than a little Evoque in them the concept also boasts huge air intakes, with bright red markings and a squat, low stance.
At 4.5m long and 2.6 wide it cuts an aggressive stance, and if the 3008 even gets close to looking like this we’re in for something special.
Deep grooves are cut from that bonnet to cool the 1.6 litre, 270 bhp engine from the RCZ-R and the Peugeot badge sits proud from the grille, Peugeot claim it looks different from all angles.
It’s all very angular, and the theme continues at the back with two flicked up winglets housing rear lights and trapezoidal, built-in exhausts.
In common with many concepts the Quartz gets humungous, 23-inch wheels, as well as a striking, red mesh grille.
Inside it’s all funky and angular, the Quartz has a rounded off, but decidedly square, steering wheel and few discernible buttons.
The Quarz is on the same platform as the current 308, but rather than chunky metal the panels are made of stiff composites, allowing them to discard the B-pillar altogether.
The dash is made largely of basalt, an unusual material for a car, but Peugeot say that its relative ease to source worldwide makes it ideal to work with.
It is also the first car to employ digitally woven textiles, which the French marque say means no more cutting and discarding of unneeded fabric.
For the driver the controls have moved from behind the wheel to on it, very Ferrari, and a head-up-display should mean that drivers don’t ever have to take their eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
The plug-in electric powertrain adds two electric motors to that 243lb ft petrol motor. The pair of power plants produce 85KW (113bhp) each with one powering the front and the other the rear axle.