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Peugeot's futuristic concept seats six and is an all-wheel-drive diesel-electric drivetrain

Peugeot has revealed its vision for a 2020 MPV at the unveil of this unconventional new six-seat concept at the Frankfurt motor show.

Called HX1, the low-slung diesel-electric plug-in hybrid comes with the most advanced version so far of Peugeot’s all-wheel-drive diesel-electric Hybrid4 drivetrain. A 204bhp 2.2-litre HDi engine with six-speed auto gearbox powers the front wheels and a 95bhp electric motor, fed by a lithium-ion battery pack with plug-in capability (a Peugeot first), drives the rears.

An electric-only range of 18.6 miles is possible, while combined economy is claimed to be 88.2mpg with CO2 emissions of just 83g/km. The most frugal 5008 — an 112bhp 1.6 HDI — is rated at 55.4mpg and 134g/km.

The HX1 concept is conceived as a reference point for Peugeot’s future activities in the fields of aerodynamics, architecture, modularity, powerplants and interior materials and the environment.

Based on a ‘Metamorphosis’ theme, the HX1 can adapt to its driving and interior environments with active aerodynamics and flexible, modular 4+2 seating.

At 4954mm long, 1990mm wide and 1373mm high, the HX1 is 424mm longer, 153mm wider and 265mm lower than Peugeot’s current seven-seat 5008. The sleek design has been aero-led and boasts a Cd figure of just 0.28.

Styling features include Peugeot’s new frontal treatment, first seen on last year’s dramatic Aston-style SR1 concept. The HX1 also has alloy wheels with seven spokes that change shape to improve aero efficiency, and side skirts and a rear spoiler at the top of the tailgate that are deployed above 62.1mph.

The imposing four half-scissor doors open upwards and outwards to reveal a high-quality interior that features oak, brushed metal and leather trim. The cabin is configured to offer front passengers “maximum sensation” and the rear passengers “maximum comfort”.

In a neat concept touch the reclining rear seats have a minibar and coffee machine mounted between them in the marble-trimmed centre console. A clever centre row of two seats can also be added. It folds out from the rear of the front seats.

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