Automotive engineering | The Peugeot Inception Concept shows the design of future electric models

With the Inception Concept, Peugeot shows a futuristic study with a powerful electric drive. The concept uses Stellantis Group’s STLA-Large platform and provides a design perspective for the electric future.

Peugeot unveiled its brand vision for future electric cars at CES in Las Vegas with the Inception Concept. In addition to a new design language, the concept coupe comes with several innovations. These include unique glazing, a wheelless cockpit with steering, reclining seats and communicating doors. The purpose of the study is to inspire the brand’s future products, including the compact models in the range from 2025.

The Peugeot Inception Concept was developed on one of the Stellantis Group’s four future “BEV-by-design” platforms. This new platform series, specially developed for electric mobility, will be introduced from 2023. The STLA Large platform, on which the Peugeot Inception Concept is based, has the silhouette of a low (1.34 m) sedan with a length of 5 m. new “BEV-by-design” electric platforms will also introduce technological elements powered by artificial intelligence: STLA Brain, STLA Smart Cockpit and STLA Autodrive.

500 kW power and 800 km range

The all-electric Peugeot Inception Concept has 800V technology. With its 100 kWh battery, you should be able to travel 800 km with a full charge. Peugeot states the consumption at 12.5 kWh per 100 km. The battery charges the equivalent of 30 km of range in one minute or 150 km in five minutes. The Peugeot Inception Concept can easily be charged by induction.

Two compact electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, turn the studio into a four-wheel drive vehicle. Total power is said to be nearly 500 kW (680 hp). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h should be possible in less than 3 seconds.

Skyspace concept: intelligent glazing

The distinctive visual features of the Inception include a reinterpretation of the 3-claw signature on the front and rear lights, a multi-edge sheet metal, axially symmetrical “Aerorim” wheels and an elongated windshield that merges into a panoramic glass roof. The passengers are stretched over a 7.25 square meter glass surface. Peugeot calls this glass concept “Skyspace”.

All windows (front window, side and rear windows) are made of glass designed for architecture. The pane is said to achieve special thermal and optical properties thanks to a treatment with metal oxides, which were originally used by NASA for the visors of astronaut helmets.

Communicating doors

A tech bar runs horizontally through the door surface on the sides of the vehicle. This recessed screen broadcasts various messages to the outside world as the driver and passengers approach. An artificial intelligence must make it possible to recognize the driver in order to set the comfort settings (seat position, temperature, driving mode and multimedia preferences) that each passenger wants.

In addition to battery charge status, the Tech Bar also has the usual welcome and goodbye messages, as well as the numerous sensors and radars attached to the driving delegation, so the bodywork is completely flat, as it does without these technical elements.

Immersive seats

The interior is designed as a glass capsule and extends to the driver’s and front passenger’s feet. The studio offers four seats that adapt to the guests’ body shape, where they sit slightly lying down (“immersive seats”).

Opposite the seats is the minimal cockpit, which can be retracted when driving is delegated and reserved for the driver only. The dashboard is gone, as is the center console and bulkhead.

Hypersquare combined with Halo Cluster

At the center is a rectangular steer-by-wire steering wheel called the Hypersquare. Hypersquare with digital electric control consists of a screen with circular cells in each of its four corners that have several functions. In the center of the Hypersquare is a tablet-like screen that displays information about the controls. The icons for the various functions (including climate control, radio volume, ADAS) are shown on the two side control panels. The latter is located in the circular recesses and can only be reached with the thumb, without you having to take your hands off the steering wheel.

The Hypersquare control system is combined with a flexible screen in the background that displays driving or infotainment information in 360°. This halo cluster with its circular display informs passengers approaching the vehicle. With the transition to driving delegation level L4 (STLA AutoDrive), the Hypersquare retracts and a large panoramic screen emerges from the floor. Peugeot plans to introduce the Hypersquare in a next-generation vehicle before the end of the decade.

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