Say what you want about France and their automakers (I know I do), Peugeot has been ratcheting up the stakes with a flurry of fun, green concept cars this summer. First came the sorta-fast EX1 electric race car. Now there’s the HX1 diesel-hybrid crossover concept, due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The HX1 delivers an estimated 73.5 mpg (U.S.) while offering seating for six adults. It’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain is mated to a 204 horsepower turbo-diesel engine to power the front wheels, while two electric motors drive the rear wheels. Aside from the fancy hybrid tech, a low drag coefficient of just 0.28 also contributes to the slippery look and feel of the HX1.
Even though my first car was a Mercury Villager minivan, I’m not much of a fan of soccer mom-mobiles. But this thing? Oh I’d rock it in a heartbeat, family or not. Hybrid minivans are definitely the next stop on the green train, and I like to see that the designers at Peugeot aren’t taking the easy way out and are instead designing something bold, adventurous, yet practical. Never thought I’d say that about French cars…but Peugeot (and even Renault) keep proving me wrong. Now all they have to do…is make it.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.