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Among the stars of CES in Las Vegas this year, a local creation, the Peugeot Inception concept car. Under a frankly futuristic look, it hides many clues about the Peugeot electric cars of tomorrow. We got a closer look and discussed it with Peugeot boss Linda Jackson.

The truncated rear end and the giant lights give a strong visual signature to the Peugeot concept. Even if Peugeot announces that it will not return to the US market, the French marque has chosen CES in Las Vegas over Mondial de l’Auto for its Inception concept. , announcing the new 100% electric generation that will come within the brand and, more broadly, from the Stellantis group. A group that has 4 American brands: Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM among its 14 brands, including two dedicated to mobility.

Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares gave a fundamental at the opening of the program where he shared his views on the future of the group, suggested the possible reduction operations with the development of electricity and a potentially reduced market due to the average cost of purchase that is less accessible to the greatest number, and provided details on future generations that will contribute to the ambition of becoming the first in the sector to be neutral in carbon by 2038.

A mobility technology player with the size of a large group and the spirit of a start-up: this is the definition of Stellantis from your boss, just that! C. Tavares has confirmed work with Foxconn, Amazon and Qualcomm for his future cars.

Solid batteries, finally

It also focused on developments in battery technologies, with the collaboration of Factorial for the reduction of the use of cobalt. Target 2026 with the expected arrival of the solid electrolyte battery that promises 30% more energy density (50% for the next generation) and up to 800 km of autonomy.

That is precisely what the technical sheet of the Peugeot Inception concept, head of the Stellantis gondola at CES, with its 680 CV indicates. then the brand Frenchy He managed to attract all eyes with a particularly spectacular show car, a true manifesto of the future of Peugeot. Based on the XL version of the new 100% electric STLA platform, it aims to evoke the full potential of this new generation.

An American-sized electric car

At the Stellantis stand, while the public rushes to discover the impressive Inception in American measurements (5 m long), we were able to meet Linda Jackson, General Manager of the Peugeot brand. The Englishwoman has spent her entire career in the car before taking command of Citroën and then Peugeot for a year. We chose to make such a big car because it was the best way to integrate all the technologies we wanted to showcase.”, she explains. We wantYoSo introduce lines do you liveangularYoris but without exaggeration, adding fluidity. Future models will incorporate design elements from the concept. Allure is the new word to summarize the brand.”

When detailing the French concept car, we feel a first impression of aggressiveness especially for its unpleasant front end with its very inclined grille, backlit and with a unique look, its vertical claws. The smoothness of the side lines and the surface treatments are reassuring and the general appearance of the car, close to a coupé, very fluid, makes one forget that it is a four-door saloon.

The huge glass surfaces treated like the bubble of an astronaut helmet have attractive reflections, while the lower part of the doors is covered by a screen line that shows information such as the charge level or autonomous driving: sober and spectacular, well sight.

a futuristic living room

The ultra-sunken windshield, almost to the front of the car, provides a panoramic view of your cabin. Unmistakable, the round display of the cabin in white LEDs, as if it were placed on the dashboard, attracts attention, but it lacks precision so that we can see the functions, supposed or real on stage. The onboard system called STLA Brain will be regularly updated remotely, similar to regular smartphone operating system updates.

Open opposing doors greatly liberate the cab and provide a better view of the cab organization. Shaped like a steering wheel, the Hypersquare as Peugeot calls it is rectangular, perforated with 4 holes that are all touch controls for vehicle functions.We wanted to preserve the driving pleasure created with the i-Cockpit and thought led to the Hypersquare, which steers the wheels. by cable. We did a lot of tests, cit’s like a console experience for our younger customers,” explains L. Jackson. Which reminds us of Tesla’s yoke.

Spacious and diaphanous, very modern and at the same time very cold with its raw materials (particularly galvanized sheet metal), the very lounge that serves as a cabin is reminiscent of the world of furniture design. A luxury allowed by the space cleared by a true electric architecture. Car seats that look like sofas? We were not allowed to sit there, too bad, because they looked so cosy.

To production cars

So what to remember about this show-car that forces the line? Revamped ergonomics should make it to production, with fully electronic steering allowing much more limited movements of the rectangular “steering wheel.” The controls (headlights, wipers, sound, infotainment, etc.) in the Hypersquare’s tactile cavities also have a chance to become a new way to interact with your car, replacing classic steering wheel buttons and stick controls.

The design will also take the direction of what this concept reveals, with an even more marked style than the current one, only to stand out from the abundance of brands that we will see appear in the coming years, especially in the more compact, comfort categories. Leon brand area. See you around 2025 to see the result on the road.

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