PROLOGUE HYmotion4 from Peugeot. A cross-over hybrid. image

With a diesel engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor powering the rear wheels, this spacious yet compact 147 kW (200 bhp) car generates a particularly low level of CO2 emissions: 109 g/km in the combined cycle, or zero in electric only mode!
The diesel engine is a 2.0 litre HDi FAP with a power of 120 kW / 163 bhp. For the rest of 27 kW (37 bhp) its used an electric motor. More intresting is that there are no mechanical components between the front and the rear, everything being controlled electronically (“by wire”)

While giving the driver the promise of renewed driving pleasure, the PROLOGUE HYmotion4 concept car also has much to offer its other occupants. They too will enjoy the passenger compartment with its original atmosphere, bathed in generous volumes of light dispensed by the immense panoramic glass roof. They also benefit from numerous storage spaces, particularly in the rear fl oor and the generous front centre console. The end result is a 4-wheel drive vehicle offering a maximum power of 147 kW (200 bhp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm at the front and
200 Nm at the rear.

The PROLOGUE HYmotion4 concept car can be driven in different ways:

In electric only mode (to start up, in town at speeds of less than 50 kph and when decelerating).

In diesel engine only mode, at stable speeds on the open road or on motorways, when the diesel engine attains its optimal effi ciency,
With both engines combined: during phases of acceleration for extra power (“boost” function), the vehicle can benefi t from the combined power of the diesel engine and the electric motor (provisional peak power) of 120 + 27 =147 kW (200 bhp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm at the front and 200 Nm at the rear.

In 4 wheel drive mode, when road conditions require it, since the system is connected to information communicated by the ESP.

The driver has an electronically-controlled 6 speed manual gearbox (BMP6), which can be operated with the console mounted gear lever or using the paddles behind the steering wheel. The choice of manual or automatic mode is also available at all times.

The new tech:
To ensure that the driver’s eyes never have to leave the road, essential information is projected onto a retractable transparent display, which cleverly extends from the instrument panel binnacle. The settings for this Head-Up Display system can be adjusted by means of “Toggle Switches”.
They also control another original item of equipment: the “Distance Alert”. As its name implies, this system helps the driver to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, according to speed.
Another item of equipment gives the driver peace of mind: Measurement of Available Space (MPD), which measures the size of the space during parking and indicates whether or not parking is possible. Similarly, the Electric Parking Brake (FSE) coupled with Hill Assist, facilitates manoeuvring and, takes the place of a manual hand brake, optimising the available space.

Finally, a new generation satellite navigation system helps to guide the driver along his chosen route. This “WIPCom 3D” combines all the benefi ts of existing satellite navigation systems proposed by the Marque (particularly the new “WIPCom” featured on the new 407). It also includes a Juke-box function, combined with a hard disc, the Peugeot Emergency system (which alerts the emergency services and pinpoints the vehicle’s location in the event of an accident), a GSM function and a USB connector… while new functions are also in evidence, such as the DVD player, the Bluetooth® system and a graphic interface which shows city buildings in “full 3D”.
In terms of “vehicle dynamics”, the ESP featured on the PROLOGUE HYmotion4 is coupled with a “Grip Control” system to ensure optimal traction. This “improved ASR” will deploy the car’s 4 wheel drive to best effect when road conditions are less than perfect.