Check out this neat concept car from French car company Peugeot unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The HR1 is an innovative urban concept car that blends together a number of genres (city run-around, coupe and SUV). It is targeted at active young city dwellers that can appreciate design and innovation.
The HR1 is designed to make urban travel easy even in the busiest or most confined urban areas. It helps to have its very compact dimensions, for example a length of 12 ft and very short front and rear overhangs. It also has two electric scissor doors to facilitate access under all circumstances (restricted parking, small garage, etc…). To improve visibility and maneuverability, the ride height of the vehicle has been raised also improving ground clearance.
The overall styling is athletic, powerful and dynamic and is strengthened further by the flowing wheel arches, large wheels and the raised sections above the rear windscreen, reminiscent of the “double bubble” roof design of the RCZ Coupé. Innovation is a strong feature of all Peugeot models and especially the HR1. At the rear, the roof bars serve as an ingenious hinge for the opening one-piece, dark tinted glass tailgate.
In keeping with the recent design trends of the Marque’s latest vehicles, the interior of the HR1 has a structured design, with a “High-Tech Coupe” driving position, providing a special ambiance through the combination of style, quality of finish, equipment and ergonomics.
The driver and passenger are separated by a center console which adds to the futuristic design and helps increase light levels due to the use of electroluminescent diodes. The fitment of the two glazed roof sections, dedicated to the right and left occupants, with an electro-chrome finish, also help to diffuse more light on request.
The car’s instrumentation suggests total command of the vehicle by the driver, with ergonomically placed controls, a small steering wheel, and a Head-Up display allowing information to be seen without the driver taking their eyes off the road.
The ingenuity of the HR1 resides also in its modularity. Its load area is practical and accommodating thanks to its flat floor and sides, offers a load space of 25.9 sq ft.
The passenger compartment can be very quickly configured to accommodate either three or four full size seats, thanks to the clever “stowaway seat” system. With this system the rear seats fold down flat and then fit snugly behind the front seats creating a flat load area floor. As on the RCZ, the special shape of the rear tailgate glass with its raised “double bubble” sections, allows the rear headroom to be optimized.
The HR1 incorporates Peugeot’s innovative HYbrid4 technology with all its associated benefits. With an internal combustion engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear it can be driven as often as possible in “zero emissions” mode in town at low speed, or with both engines together, providing four-wheel drive capability where challenging surfaces warrant it.
Under the hood, the internal combustion engine which drives the front wheels is a new three cylinder petrol unit. It has a capacity of 1.2-Liter and, using Peugeot’s THP technology, produces 110hp. It is one of the members of the future family of three cylinder engines currently under development. As part of Peugeot’s downsizing strategy, the engine has been developed using the most advanced technologies, combining both a high level of performance with environmental efficiency.
It is linked to a 37hp electric motor and, therefore, has a maximum potential power output of 147hp.
The electronically controlled six-speed manual gearbox (with control paddles on the steering wheel and a centrally mounted gear lever) coupled with this power train is designed to offer maximum control. The driver can also opt between two modes of operation, sequential or automatic.
The HR1 has a pseudo McPherson front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension. Steering is provided by an electric power steering system which offers excellent handling characteristics at low speed, astonishing agility during maneuvers and maximum accuracy at higher speeds, for good all-round performance. With its high-performance suspension, efficient steering and new power train, the HR1 provides a unique driving experience, combining the emotion of real driving enjoyment with the rigor of genuine environmental efficiency.