Peugeot Inception concept makes CES debut with future tech


At this year’s CES Show, Peugeot showcased the Inception concept—which apparently is a preview of what to expect in the brand’s future products. Of course, a lot of things we see here are quite exaggerated, but a few elements or their derivatives will definitely make it to future products.

So, what we are seeing here is a futuristic iteration of Peugeot’s current design language. The three claws have been incorporated into a body that gives off subtle retro vibes. Peugeot calls the area that has three claws and three horizontal light bars a “fusion mask”. As you can probably see, the concept has a lot of glass area, with the glass borrowed from the world of architecture. The glass has multi-chrome treatment (treatment with metal oxides) for thermal and anti-UV benefits.

The concept rides on 20-inch ‘Aerorim’ aerodynamic wheels featuring forged textile and aluminium inserts; the latter has micro-perforations. Notice the charging indicator on the side as well. Peugeot calls the horizontal bar on the side a ‘Tech Bar’, featuring a small display that displays different messages when the driver and passengers approach it. The rest of the things might be stupid, but I’m thoroughly digging the design.

The Inception concept sits on the so-called STLA Large platform, and the vehicle measures 5 metres long. The future is all about sustainability, right? Most of the things—if not all—need to be sustainably sourced or recycled. Wherever possible, off-cut scraps need to be used. And the Inception concept is no different. The exterior paint of the concept is composed of very fine metal pigments and is single-coated, which means that much less energy is consumed during its application.

On the inside, well, things look rather complicated and hard to understand. But I’ll try my best to explain in the simplest terms. What we are seeing on the dashboard is a futuristic iteration of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit. Peugeot calls that video game controller-like steering ‘Hypersquare’; it has got four circles for controlling different functionalities. There’s also a circular instrument display called ‘Halo Cluster’. Why is it circular? Well, it apparently offers information to the passengers approaching the car. And of course, at the touch of a button, both the Hypersquare and the Halo Cluster retract to make way for a large panoramic screen to entertain the passengers in autonomous driving mode. Those strange looking seats are apparently a futuristic take on the armchairs, featuring active air bolsters and storage spaces on the side.

But anyway, the Inception concept packs two electric motors, one at each axle, offering a combined power output of 500 kW (680 metric hp) on paper. A 100 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a range of up to 800 km (497 mi) on a single charge. And thanks to 800-volt architecture, DC fast-charging should get you a 150 km (93 mi) range in about 5 minutes—that is, of course, if you find such a public fast charging station.

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