Peugeot has unveiled the Quartz hybrid crossover concept ahead of a public exhibition set for early next month at the Paris Motor Show.

The Quartz concept wants to be Peugeot's "SUV for the future" with a dramatic exterior styling featuring sharp lines and short overhangs. Riding on massive 23-inch wheels, the vehicle is 4.5 meters long, 2.06 meters wide and benefits from a composite structure and bonded body panels to shave off weight. There's no B-pillar and Peugeot decided to go for scissor doors to boost the concept's appeal while both headlights and taillights benefit from LED technology.

The highlight of Peugeot's Quartz concept is the 500 HP HYbrid drivetrain encompassing a 4-cylinder 1.6 THP turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 270 HP (198 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft). The front axle is also powered by an 115 HP (85 kW) electric motor which charges the 400V battery during deceleration and also provides assistance to the conventional engine during gear changes. At the back there's another 85 kW electric motor for propulsion and battery charging.

The ZEV mode offers an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) while in Road mode the Quartz uses the combustion engine and the front axle-mounted electric motor. Switching to Race mode will allow the concept to use the combined output of the THP engine and the two electric motors.

Other highlights of the concept include a limited slip differential and a front MacPherson struts suspension combined with a rear multi-arm setup. The pneumatic suspension is automatically adjustable and offers a ground clearance varying between 300mm and 350mm.

On the inside there's an i-Cockpit design featuring a compact steering wheel with built-in controls for shifting gears, changing drive modes and using the indicators. The cabin also boasts a configurable head-up display with a central 45-degree polycarbonate strip providing extra info, along with four bucket seats that have an exposed seat structure and come with a four-point retractable harness.

The Peugeot Quartz concept will be on display starting October 4 during the first public access day of the Paris Motor Show.

Gallery: Peugeot Quartz concept with 500 HP hybrid power announced for Paris debut

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