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Ahead of its debut at Auto Shanghai motor show next week, and following leaked and teased images, Peugeot has released first images of the SXC crossover concept vehicle.

Designed by the Peugeot design studio in Shanghai China Tech Center, the SXC is targeted to suit Chinese market preferences by combining the styling of an SUV with the elegance of a sedan while meeting Peugeot design parameters.

Featuring Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology, the "sexy" SXC has a 1.6 liter THP 160 kW (218 hp) combined with front and rear electric motors providing four-wheel drive capability. Total output is 230 kW (313 hp). DEspite this high power output the SXC averages just 5.8 liters per 100 km and emits 143 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Dimensions are 4.87 meters long, 2.04 meters wide and 1.61 meters high. The most striking feature is the counter-opening doors giving access ti the four-seater. The design of the front is punctuated with the cat-eye-like headlamps along with LED daytime running lights and 22-inch wheels add further design accents. LED technology also accentuate the boomerang-shaped tail lights. Details such as cameras in the rear-view mirrors, brushed aluminum trim reinforce the high-tech character. In addition, the SXC features a two-piece panoramic glass roof.

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