Peugeot has unveiled its Urban Crossover concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
The new vehicle is a preview of Peugeot’s forthcoming rival to compact crossovers like the successful Nissan Juke.
New Peugeot design
The concept’s design borrows heavily from the recently launched 208 supermini and represents a change of styling direction for Peugeot.
According to its maker, the Urban Crossover is a global vehicle designed for city environments. This means it will be developed in the same specification for sale in all markets, with a heavy focus on efficiency.
Peugeot has not confirmed the Urban Crossover concept’s engine line-up, but it is likely to get the existing brace of 1.6-litre turbocharged engines – a 156bhp petrol unit and the stop-start-equipped 112bhp turbodiesel.
The Urban Crossover should also be available with Peugeot’s Hybrid4 powertrain. This adds a 37bhp electric motor driving the rear axle, improving efficiency and allowing zero emissions motoring in town.
Based on 208 hatchback
Peugeot has not said the Urban Crossover will definitely evolve from the concept stage. But as it is based on the 208 hatchback, it seems likely that the car will make production.
Expect the Urban Crossover Concept to start at around £13,000 – similar to the entry-level Nissan Juke – if Peugeot gives the go-ahead.