Plug-in hybrid concept couples a 2.2 liter HDi diesel unit with an electric motor on the rear axle for an all-wheel driving total output of 220 kW (299 PS / 295 bhp).

Peugeot has unveiled the new HX1 plug-in hybrid concept which the French automaker hopes marks the future of MPV/crossover vehicles.

The HX1 is a low-slung MPV/crossover that seats 6 and measures 4.954 m long, 1.990 m wide, and with a height of just 1.373 m.

Using Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology, the HX1 is an all-wheel drive diesel-electric with a 2.2 liter HDi unit with 150 kW (204 PS / 201 bhp) powering the front-axle while a 70 kW (95 PS / 95 bhp) electric motor drives the rear wheels. Combined output is 220 kW (299 PS / 295 bhp).

The plug-in HX1 can travel up to 30 km (18.6 miles) in all-electric mode and features a fuel-economy rating of 3.2 liters/100 km (88 mpg UK / 73.5 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.

But Peugeot doesn't want to make this yet another boring hybrid concept. The HX1 comes with embedded rear spoiler and side skirts on the tailgate which deploy at speeds over 100 km/h (62 mph) and the car's design also gives it a Cd quotient of 0.28 - making it a pretty aerodynamically advanced vehicle for a 6-seater.

The HX1 will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.