The Peugeot Boxer is a light commercial vehicle that was jointly developed by the PSA Group and Fiat, a typical approach among European companies in order to achieve good economies of scale by having bigger production volumes. The van has been in production since 1981 and the model sold today is the fourth generation. Besides the Peugeot Boxer, it has been sold as a Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper/Relay, Alfa Romeo AR6, Talbot Express and Ram Promaster.
Apart from being popular with businesses, the Boxer has also been popular with travellers as a camper van. As a result, Peugeot designers have periodically presented ideas for customers to personalise their vehicle. The Rifter 4×4 concept displayed earlier this year is one example.
Departure from traditional camper vans
Now comes the Boxer 4×4 Concept which has been conceived for a recreational vehicle shown in France. Following on from the Rifter concept, the challenge was to depart from the traditional world of camper vans and showcase Peugeot’s vision for this type of vehicle.
For starters, ‘immersion in nature’ is achieved by using a body colour called Wanderlust Green which enhances the bodywork. The grille is sculpted in the brand’s purest current style with bright cast iron tassels. A more robust lower body frame echoes the protective tread at the front and the notched fender flares.
The proportions of the front end change in depth with the windscreen visor. Practical as ever, with the access areas to the windscreen or front bumper engine have also been restyled. Getting back to camp in the middle of the night will be as easy as in the daytime, thanks to 8 LED modules integrated directly into the bodywork above the windscreen.
Optimised cabin for 3 people
Built on a standard 6-metre long Boxer platform, the cabin has been optimised to offer adventurers a 10 square metre living space, ideally for 3 people. There are 4 distinct zones, with a kitchen and dining area, a sleeping area, a bathroom and the driver’s area.
The interior has been conceived as a refreshing ‘cocoon’ with soothing light tones that contrast with the exterior. The woodwork warms the atmosphere up with the upholstery and trimmings specially fabricated for this concept model.
A sporty technical mesh is used and this is combined with an Alcantara material from the new upholstery of Peugeot models like the e208 GT, 508 HYBRID GT, 508 SW HYBRID GT and 3008 HYBRID 4. The textile transfer uses a technique adopted by major textile brands to achieve a Mint shade.
Eco efficiency in materials
Eco efficiency and durability are at the heart of the Boxer 4 x 4 Concept so special attention has been given to choosing the materials for the table, the worktop and the sink. Aragonite, a white natural mineral which combines the hardness of natural stone with the beauty of ceramic is used. The entire floor is made of 100 recycled and 100 recyclable materials! The plastics used are from 85 car fuel tanks, 10 milk bottles and 5 soap bottles.
Like the Rifter concept, the Boxer concept also has a 4×4 DANGEL transmission with a viscous drive and transfer case at the front. It is activated via 3 switches located within reach on the left side of the dashboard and 3 modes are available for different driving conditions.
To extend the range of adventurers, the Peugeot eM 02 FS Powertube ATV is included. An electrically-assisted mountain bike, this is the latest generation of eBikes from the French company. The compact battery is integrated directly into the frame, so the style is fluid and sleek. It is stored at the rear of the vehicle on a dedicated hitch.
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