THROUGH its SRI concept car, Peugeot reveals the stylistic design trends for its future models.
To be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the SRI concept car embodies the new world of Peugeot, reflected by the new Lion badge which adorns its body.
It is a vehicle with timeless, ideal proportions, revisiting the great traditions of grand touring cars of the past: a large bonnet, flowing wings and a very low centre of gravity.
The design detailing is highlighted by the lights and the air intakes,
the shape of the door mirrors: these elements merge seamlessly with the
vehicle's carbon "skin".
In parallel, some features (like "full LED" internal headlamp functions and radiator grille contour), stand out, as if suspended.
This intense, high-tech assembly is exemplified by the hard top which uses preformed profile technology derived from the world of sailing.
Its "2+1 " interior promotes the idea of contrast.
There is room in the vehicle for three people as the third rear seat nestles in the middle, behind the two front seats.
Entry to this seat is facilitated by the centre console, which can slide forward to improve access.
Inside the vehicle, patinated leather and different grained wood are examples of the use of authentic and natural materials that blend seamlessly with "high tech" materials such as nickel and satin-finished chrome.
The instrumentation combines analogue and digital read-outs, thus giving clear emphasis to every item of information conveyed to the driver.
For example, there is instantaneous fuel consumption and vehicle range data, displayed on two glass crystal gauges directly in front of the driver.
Another technological innovation is. the creation of an exclusive
wristwatch, designed in partnership with Bell&Ross.
This timepiece, with milled inserts of solid aluminium, slots into a dedicated housing on the fascia panel.
Every component and every detail has, therefore, benefited from meticulous attention, both in terms of design and manufacture.
The SRI concept incorporates HYbrid4 technology, which will be launched in the Peugeot 3008 in 2011. In the SRI, at the front, a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine with a power of 218bhp is combined with a rear electric motor developing 95bhp.
In electric only mode, the car becomes a ZEV (zero emission vehicle), while its combined cycle fuel consumption is only 4.9 litres/100 km or 119 g/km of CO2.
When the two power trains operate simultaneously, the SRI develops a potential maximum power of 313bhp and also benefits from 4-wheel drive.
Using HYbrid4 technology, which will eventually become available on different models in the Peugeot range, the SRI concept offers convincing proof that driving pleasure can be combined with environmental friendliness.
The vehicle's dynamic efficiency is further enhanced by the use of a rigid, lightweight structure comprising a one-piece body and a tubular chassis onto which are mounted the mechanical components and suspension.
Exploiting the best of existing technology to offer road holding worthy of this exceptional concept, the suspension consists of double wishbones with drop links both at the front and the rear. For even greater driving precision, the SRI benefits from the adoption of 4-wheel steering.
The turning angle of the rear wheels is controlled as a function of the vehicle speed, via motorised links on the rear wishbones, thus giving the vehicle superb agility under all circumstances.