Concept cars are often way-out looking machines that really push the limits of design and visual appeal but that’s not the way the 5 by Peugeot comes across.
Peugeot will unveil the new 5 by Peugeot concept car at this month’s Geneva Motor Show, with the launch of the 5 by Peugeot and they hope that this is what people will see in it.
The 5 by Peugeot concept reinterprets Peugeot’s history of large touring cars and unveils its ambitions in the market of luxury sedans.
The concept car’s pure and elegant lines blend with subtle technological details to create an overall effect of timeless, exclusive and modern design.
Its flowing exterior design conceals Peugeot’s HYbrid4technology, which will be launched in Europe on the 3008 from 2011.
A 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine produces 120 kW and is mounted at the front of the vehicle. This is combined with a 27 kW electric motor at the rear. As a result, the concept car features an overall maximum power of 147 kW.
It also benefits from an electric-only mode at low speeds, four-wheel drive on demand, and low levels of fuel consumption and emissions (3.8 litres/100 km or 99 g/km of CO2, or 0 in ZEV mode).
With its dimensions, proportions and styling, the 5 By Peugeotconcept is a response by Peugeot to radical changes in the market for large, luxury saloons.
The 5 by Peugeot expresses the company’s vision and know-how of the large touring car market, and represents its intent to amalgamate the “large saloon” (M2) and “luxury” (H) segments.
The emotion aroused by its exterior design holds the promise of exceptional interior space, convenience and comfort.
The design of the 5 by Peugeot concept has been guided by the ongoing research into perfectly balanced and streamlined body shapes.
The contours of its three-compartment body flow smoothly, unruffled and without interruption or embellishment from the end of the bonnet to the top of the boot: all surfaces are flush-fitting, with clearances between each element precisely determined to obtain an assembly quality rivalling that of a goldsmith.
At the front, the finish of the feline expression is spectacular: “LED tubes” are highlighted by a luminescent surround that blends with the body.
The headlamps frame a unique front grille whose aesthetic codes are reinterpreted following the example of the Peugeot SR1concept car – which is also due to be unveiled at Geneva.
The new lion logo naturally takes its place in a sculptured section at the end of the long aluminium bonnet.
The streamlined sides of the concept car are enhanced by bevelled, brushed-aluminium window surrounds, door handles in the same material, and sculpted 19” wheel trims.
The rear design suggests robustness and power – the particularly expressive rear lights are composed of three raised red clusters, also clearly distinguishing the vehicle at night; they are a reference to certain aspects of Peugeot’s historic models.
5 BY PEUGEOT DIMENSIONS (mm)
Overall length 4,860
Overall body width 1,880
Kerb height – with full tanks 1,420
Front/rear overhang 974/1,071
Front/rear track 1,643/1,614