Peugeot Previews SxC Crossover Before Shanghai Debut

The Shanghai auto show is just around the corner, and in preparation for the event Peugeot has dropped a few photos of its new hybrid crossover concept, the SxC.

Short for Shanghai crossover concept, the SxC was developed and designed exclusively at the automaker's Chinese technical center in Shanghai. Although billed a concept, the SxC's styling closely resembles the automaker's latest trends. Aggressive lines and scalloped body panels throughout give the SxC a futuristic appearance; narrow, angular headlights are said to have a "feline" inspiration according to the automaker, while rear doors feature a rear-hinged arrangement. Adding to the stylized features of the concept is a set of 22-inch multi-spoke wheels.

Inside, a quartet of stand-alone futuristic bucket seats are present, along with cool-blue LED accent lighting. Brushed aluminum trim and a squared-off steering wheel give the cabin a sporty and modern feel.

The crossover features Peugeot's Hybrid4 technology, which utilizes a pair of independent powertrains in an all-wheel-drive setup. A front-mounted 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 turns the front wheels, while a rear-mounted electric motor drives the rear. Power is routed through a six-speed electronically-controlled manual transmission, and combined output reaches 313 horsepower, with the electric motor responsible for 95 of those, which can be used to power the vehicle on its own at low speeds; however, electric-only range is limited to 7.8 miles.

Peugeot has made no plans to produce the hybrid crossover, but we wouldn't be surprised if the automaker moves forward with the vehicle in the coming year or two. If it does become a reality, it may unfortunately only be limited to the Chinese market.

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