There’s a lot of worry floating around the future of the French car makers, and Peugeot in particular who’ve recently had an unpleasant episode involving the CAC 40 index.
For a couple of years now however, we keep hearing about the way they’d all be creating a set of more luxurious products and move at least some of their products upmarket.
Citroen have already started doing this with their DS lineup, Renault are to wiz around the electric market and try luxury while Peugeot are a bit stuck.
With the Onyx Concept being previewed here the company may provide a solution, switching to supercars or high end sports cars.
The very striking looking mid-engined product is still a pretty small car and it’s still a rather tamed vehicle in terms of output, yet it’s acceptable.
Teaming a 1.6 liter turbocharged four pot with two electric motors gives the Peugeot Onyx an output of around 400 horsepower.
Not much, but then again, the original Audi R8 didn’t push much more than this when it was first introduced. Should Peugeot keep weight and emissions low, this could be quite interesting.
In most cases, Peugeot concepts end up on a shelf but this, hopefully, will be turned into a reality at an acceptable price.
I actually like the design, and love the interior, to the point where I’m praying they make it. I’m even willing to look past the hybrid factor of it all.
Maybe it’s because I’m that shallow or maybe it’s because I hope the drive in this Onyx concept is going to be as pleasurable as Peugeot models of old.