“Feline and attractive”: this is how Peugeot defines the new Inception Concept, the technological manifesto of the French company’s future vehicles. The design bears the signature of Matthias Hossann and evolves the concepts of the 2019 e-Legend, with respect to which the lines become more cutting and futuristic. This new formal language will be introduced from 2025.
A new luminous signature stands out on the front which integrates three stylized claws: in practice, the entire grille and the light clusters are merged into a single block which also houses the sensors. On the side, however, there is a thin wire screen that communicates various messages to the outside of the car when the driver and passengers approach it.
“The artificial intelligence with which the Inception Concept is equipped makes it possible to recognize the driver in order to set the comfort settings (seat position, temperature, driving modes and multimedia preferences) desired by each user”, explains Peugeot: “In addition to the of battery charge, the lateral “Tech Bar” integrates the usual welcome messages and the numerous sensors and radars for autonomous driving, leaving the bodywork completely clean and smooth, as it is devoid of other elements”. The bodywork hides a cutting-edge technical platform, 100% electric.
Ingredients of a timetable defined by Linda Jackson, CEO of the brand: “From 2023, 100% of the vehicles in the range will be electrified and in the next two years we will launch five new 100% electric models. Our ambition is simple: to make Peugeot the leading electric brand in Europe by 2030. This goal and this ambitious vision pave the way for a radical transformation of our brand”.
A transformation that starts right from the Inception, a name derived from the Latin “Inceptio” and which means precisely “beginning”. So much so that the manufacturer’s goal is to transfer most of the innovations present on this prototype to production by 2025. More specifically, the car is based on the STLA Large platform, one of the four new highly electrified architectures on which they will be built all the cars of the Stellantis group.
5 meters long and just 1.34 high, the Inception is equipped with an electric powertrain with 800 Volt technology. The 100 kWh capacity battery gives it a range of 800 km, while consumption is 12.5 kWh/100 km. The battery recharges the equivalent of 30 km of range in one minute, or 150 km in five minutes. Furthermore, it is possible to recharge it by induction, therefore without using the cable.
The body hides two electric motors, one front and the other rear, so you can count on the four-wheel drive. The combined power is almost 680 HP, good for an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h which takes place in less than 3 seconds. The presence of a Steer-by-Wire steering system should also be underlined: therefore the classic physical steering column no longer exists, replaced by digital electric controls.
Inside, the steering wheel and the classic multifunction levers disappear, replaced by the “Hypersquare” control system with the new generation i-Cockpit. The Hypersquare consists of a screen equipped, at the four corners, with recesses used for gripping the steering wheel and for activating the vehicle controls by means of simple thumb pulses. The center of the Hypersquare is made up of a tablet-like screen, dedicated to the transmission of information.
The pictograms of the various functions (climate control, radio volume, ADAS, etc.) are displayed on the two side panels to facilitate access to the selected command. The latter is located, as written above, inside the circular grooves and can be accessed by moving only the thumb, without taking your hands off the steering control. All this is combined with a circular screen that stands out on the dashboard: it is used to display driving and infotainment information at 360°.