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Peugeot Quartz Concept is a Stony Faced 500-HP Hybrid SUV

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Aggressive styling matched by potent hybrid powerplant.

As if chiseled from a stone slab, the Peugeot Quartz concept has arrived at Paris to show the world the French carmaker isn't finished yet. Hinting at a future high-performance SUV, Peugeot says the Quartz concept boasts "the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon." Under the long hood that blends into a low-slung cabin, lurks a four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 168 hp and 243 lb-ft mated to a six-speed auto. Paired with two 114-hp electric motors, combined output of the plug-in hybrid SUV comes to 493 horsepower.

The slick and aggressive crossover sits on 23-inch alloys, boasts scissor doors, a retractable step for easy access and no B-pillar. LED headlights feature front and back, the front grille sports a prominent lion badge, and two small spoilers are positioned atop the rear hatch. Inside, the Quartz comes with four bucket seats with racing harnesses, and is trimmed in leather and "digitally woven textile" using fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles. The driver is faced with a multi-function steering wheel sporting built-in controls for shifting gears and head-up display, with driving info displayed on digital dashboard readouts. Looking like this, the Quartz will never make production. But a toned down version? You never know...

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