Peugeot 207 Epure Concept
The “207 Epure” concept car is a Marque for the one part lifts the veil on a tangible future product.
However, its personality is twofold: in addition to twin coupé / cabriolet adaptability, this styling blueprint also conceals an example of future fuel cell technology for a more distant future.
The experimental power train that equips the 207 Epure includes the latest advances of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group in this area, without any adverse affect on the vehicle’s functional and stylistic features.
The spirit of freedom inherent in this design is therefore closely bound up with the car’s method of propulsion: the ensuing benefits - zero emissions, silent operation - which does much to enhance the pleasure of driving the car as a cabriolet.
The “pearl white” livery highlights the purity of the concept car’s lines while symbolising the ecological credentials of the technology that powers it. The familiar, elegant and expressive design of the front of the 207, is strengthened by its bold and flowing contours.
From the side, the high waistline at the rear creates an effect which, combined with the angle of the front windscreen and the “arch” of the closed roof, enhances the car’s dynamic presence by creating a sense of movement, even when it is stood still. The sculpting of the lower side panels adds further to the overall personality of the vehicle. Its special “Pitlane” alloy wheels strengthen the impression of a vehicle with superb road holding.
Chrome detailing circumvents the perimeter of the passenger compartment and includes a bold styling feature, located on top of the boot lid, helping to enhance the fluidity of the design of the rear of the car. Extending from the boot lid, the rear spoiler, with its pronounced integrated shape, blends harmoniously into the rear diode-effect lights. Meticulous surface finishes, eloquent style lines and perfectly balanced proportions give the vehicle the natural equilibrium, elegance and dynamism sought after by its designers, whether it is a coupé or a cabriolet.
The interior expands on the theme of purity expressed by the exterior. The fascia panel of the 207, originally smooth and fluid, is covered entirely with white leather, as is most of the passenger compartment: the detailing, the trim on all four seats, and even the controls under the steering wheel. The white dials of the instrument panel and the chrome trims strengthen the modern and technological feel of the interior. Touches of “absinthe green”, inspired by the vehicle’s floor color, are subtly interspersed throughout the passenger compartment, particularly in the form of discreet beads on the fascia panel, the door panels, the rear of the front seats and the head restraints. This color also appears in the perforations of the seat leather, like little bubbles of oxygen, echoing the vehicle’s ecological method of propulsion. This harmony between white and mineral tones further accentuates the sensation of freedom, relaxation and energy that emanates from the car. From a functional point of view, the instrument panel incorporates all necessary information for monitoring the charge level of the battery and the quantity of on-board hydrogen, while the color display in the centre console displays the flow of power between the electric motor, the battery and the fuel cell.
The principle of this new cell, featuring PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) technology, is based on the use of thin, stamped stainless-steel plates, which reduce the cost and volume of the cell compared to traditional plates.
Five cylinders containing 3 kg of hydrogen compressed to 700 bar provides the electric motor and the “lithium-Ion” battery with as much extra power and range as possible. They are located at the bottom of the vehicle’s boot, which frees up the two rear seats, does not affect the operation of the retractable roof mechanism and leaves part of the boot available for use in the coupé position.
Source: Peugeot press