QUARTZ Concept Proves Crossovers Could Be Sexy, And Downright Sinister

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Truck YeahThe trucks are good!

Peugeot is trying their very hardest to get us excited about yet another new crossover SUV with their QUARTZ concept for the Paris Auto Show. They threw down a fair effort alright– the thing looks like it could be Batman's off-road race car.

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The QUARTZ is based on the French automaker's EMP2 platform, used by their breadwinning economy car the 308. It has a composite structure and panels bonded together "for stiffness," a center console made largely of basalt because sure, and scissor doors because why not.

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Seats and soft surfaces will be covered in a "digitally woven textile," made with polyester fibre from recycled plastic water bottles.

QUARTZ is powered by a 270 hp 1.6 gas engine, and two 85kW electric motors. The front drives the front axles and provides extra power between gear changes for a smoother acceleration experience, the rear motor supplements the gas engine's output and charges the 400 volt battery.

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Not that any of that is of particular consequence on a concept this wild that will not see mass production, but sure is one fierce looking grocery getter. Hell, it looks awesome!

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The whole package reminds me of a combination Audi Sport Quattro concept, Lexus NX, just a dash of Isuzu VehiCross, and a grille-to-headlight relationship that looks vaguely modern-Jaguarish.

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Then again, maybe I just like it because it reminds me of MegaRace. What do you see in this thing?

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DISCUSSION

This looks amazing. Sadly, I doubt it will wind up looking like this when it comes to market. And then everyone in the company will ask why it never sold after everyone on the internet said they liked it so much.