The Peugeot Inception concept previews the design direction of electric cars

The Peugeot Inception concept previews the design direction of electric cars

The Peugeot Inception concept has previewed the angular design and advanced technology we can expect from the French automaker’s upcoming electric vehicles.

French carmaker peugeot has unveiled an offbeat electric concept car that aims to influence the design and technology of its future vehicles.

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Peugeot Inception is a high-tech, high-performance concept car that, according to the French brand, can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds thanks to its 507 kW can and all-wheel drive.

The Peugeot Inception is underpinned by the STLA Large electric car platform developed by parent company Stellantis.

According to Peugeot, the Inception concept will be powered by a 100kWh battery, which the company says can offer a range of up to 800km on a single charge.

Peugeot also claims that the Inception’s battery can be recharged in five minutes with a range of 150 km thanks to its 800-volt electric architecture – similar to the systems used in the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT .

While ultra-fast charging can only be accessed with a traditional plug-in charger, the Inception can also charge wirelessly using induction technology. Stellantis is currently conducting trials with inductive chargers built into road networks.

The Inception’s exterior design takes cues from Peugeot’s current lineup – as well as its 9X8 racer – and takes it up a notch.

Its “grille” features three horizontal driving lights and three vertical lights on each side of the illuminated badge.

A short “bonnet” gives way to a large glass windshield that extends below the grille, giving drivers a wide view of the road ahead.

The sharp angles continue along the Peugeot Inception’s trapezoidal roofline, with thin frames surrounding the glass side windows and roof.

Short overhangs at the rear are combined with a steeply sloping rear light array that integrates three vertical taillights on either side, mirroring the headlight design.

Inside, the Inception features a radical evolution of Peugeot’s “i-Cockpit”, which includes a “Hypersquare” steering wheel equipped with a digital display and controls for all vehicle functions.

The Peugeot Inception is also the French brand’s first concept car to feature ‘steer-by-wire’ technology, which eliminates any physical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels. Instead, inputs are relayed via electronic systems between driver inputs and the steering system.

Peugeot claims that the Inception comes with “Level Four” autonomous driving technology. Such technology is not approved for road use anywhere in the world as the car can drive with almost no human intervention.

When the autonomous driving systems activate, the Inception’s steering wheel retracts and is replaced by a panoramic screen.

It’s unlikely we’ll see the Inception as a production car, as the automaker says it’s merely a “showcase of the new technologies Peugeot will introduce to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 50 percent in Europe by 2030.” .

Peugeot has already announced that all cars sold in Europe will be fully electric by 2030.

As reported in September 2022, Peugeot intends to bring its electric cars to Australia but has not detailed which models will arrive and when.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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