The Peugeot HX1 concept will introduce a new style of multi-purpose vehicle when it debuts at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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As these images show, the Peugeot HX1 is a long, sleek people mover/wagon. With a drag coefficient of just 0.28, Peugeot says the concept is unparalleled in its class from an aerodynamics perspective.

Similar to the Volkswagen Bulli Concept we saw earlier this year, the Peugeot HX1 is a six-seater, although it is laid out in a unique 4+2 configuration. From the images, it appears the middle two seats are removable, making the HX1 either a versatile people mover or a spacious four-seater.

The doors are also unique – hinged to the A- and C-pillars and rising in opposite directions to completely open up the cabin, which is free of a B-pillar. Peugeot says the interior represents the brand’s vision of a high-end passenger compartment, combining elegance and modernity with natural materials and high-tech features.

The HYbrid4 diesel plug-in powertrain adds to the futuristic flavour. The system combines a 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine that drives the front wheels with an electric motor integrated into the rear axle for a maximum power output of 223kW.

Furthering its versatility, the Peugeot HX1 can be driven in all-wheel drive mode, and also in all-electric mode for a potential zero-emissions range of 30km.

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The Peugeot HX1 will join the all-new Peugeot 508 RXH on the stand at Frankfurt on September 13. The 508 RXH is the second diesel-electric hybrid production model from the brand, and Peugeot Automobiles Australia admitted last month the off-road 508 wagon is ‘definitely of interest’ for the brand in Australia.

Note: Updated with official Peugeot images.

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