Continuing Stellantis’ theme of showcasing concept cars that preview the future of their respective brands, Peugeot brought the Inception concept to CES. And it’s beautiful.Not getting a Peugeot in the US is another reason we’re frustrated
The car is a very low profile sedan, similar in size to a midsize family car. The overall form is simple, with long, sharp lines on the sides and windshield. The side view gives the car classic rear-wheel drive proportions, but it’s an illusion. The windshield essentially continues to the floor, with an aerodynamic bridge across the front (a bit like the Charger Daytona) giving it the look. of a more traditional hood. A dramatically recessed rear section adds a rear-biased look.
If you look closely, there are fine details. The Inception’s claw-like daytime running lights are integrated into a single wide glass panel that hides the front driver assist sensors. The taillights are the same as the front and are mounted in the Infinity glass, making them appear to extend deeper into the car. The huge glass panel has a golden multi-he chrome finish for a unique look that reflects light and heat. Parts of the wheels and trim are also partially made of recycled polyester fibers molded with resin.
The interior is borderline brutal in its design, with blocky solid color panels. The seat is essentially on the floor, with each section adjusted to the driver’s ideal fit. To keep the cockpit as open as possible, the dashboard is placed only in front of the driver. Stereo, air conditioning and all other controls are integrated into a rectangular steering wheel called “Hyper Square”. The idea is that you can control all these items with your thumb, so you never have to take your hands off the steering wheel. The wheels are also steer-by-wire, making the front more airy. Apparently Peugeot hopes to implement this system in his cars within the next ten years.
Get behind the wheel – ahem, hyper square – A vertical cylindrical screen that displays instruments and other information. It can be displayed on both sides of the screen, which is useful when the car is running in his SAE level 4 autonomous mode.
Powering the Inception are front and rear electric motors that produce 671 horsepower. Peugeot says it could reach 62 mph within three seconds. A 100 kWh battery powers it, and the company claims he has 497 miles of range on his WLTP cycle. The 800 volt battery his pack allows for very fast DC charging.
The Inception itself won’t necessarily go into production, but the styling shown is coming to Peugeot’s next-generation electric vehicle. These new cars will start appearing in his 2025. But not in the US, which makes us sad.