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Click above for high-res gallery of the Peugeot Prologue HYmotion4

Peugeot has been showing diesel hybrid concepts at auto shows for the past several years, and the latest is the new Prologue HYmotion4. Unlike the previous versions that were based on the 307 and 308 C-segment hatchbacks, the Prologue is an all-new vehicle. Also unlike the previous concepts that used a hybrid system where the engine and electric motor ran in parallel on the same axle, this one uses the company's new HYmotion4 system like the RC concept we showed you earlier today. And unlike the four-door coupe RC, the crossover-bodied Prologue flips the powertrain arrangement front to back. The CUV has a 163-hp 2.0L four-cylinder turbodiesel twisting the front wheels while a 27 kW motor sends torque to the rear axle. The combined output when both the diesel and motor are running is 200 hp with 221 lb-ft going to the front wheels and 148 lb-ft to the back. Like the RC concept, front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive modes are available. Since rear-drive is electric only and the motor output only 27 kW, that mode is only available up to 30 mph. The diesel engine up front sends power through an automated 6-speed manual gearbox that allows for manual shifting. Peugeot also claims the electric motor is activated during shifts to provide uninterrupted power flow and smoother operation. Whereas the RC concept uses lithium-ion batteries, the Prologue uses a cheaper nickel-metal hydride battery pack sitting under the rear seat. Altogether, the Prologue is claimed to achieve 57.4 mpg (U.S.) with carbon dioxide output of 109 g/km.

[Source: Peugeot]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Got to say this... the grill looks like its from Audi and the headlights look like its from the new TT
        • 6 Years Ago
        dude those headlights are exactly like gt-r headlights, look at how it extends into the bumper
      • 6 Years Ago
      i may be alone here but i love peugeots
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man this thing is brutal. I could slice onions on that grille.
        • 6 Years Ago
        maybe thats whats making me cry when i see this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the rear design is a breakthrough for Peugeot
      • 6 Years Ago
      i see a nissan in there around the front end somewhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not much Audi and not much Nissan in there. Just typical Peugeot design. I own a Phase II 307 which face I like -- unfortunately it does not have a proper front bumper. I also like the smile of the 207. But the current faces like that of the 308 or 4007 or 3008 are just too much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is very unattractive and I'm not even sure it speaks of the technology that lies beneath.
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