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With this car the new era of Peugeot begins. The French manufacturer takes up residence at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, USA to present its new study in style. This car, named Peugeot Inception Concept, is intended as a manifesto introducing the brand’s new design language.

Based on the Stellantis Group’s STLA Large platform, the Peugeot Inception Concept adopts a low sedan silhouette that is five meters long and 1.34 meters high. The design is characterized by geometric, sharp lines and a feline pose. Monolayer, the body color is made up of fine metallic pigments.

The three claws, an emblematic signature

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

At the front of this Peugeot Inception Concept is a light signature consisting of the famous three claws. The grille consists of a single piece of glass with the Peugeot logo illuminated in the center with a 3D effect. Three fine horizontal bars run through its width. Also, a flush screen called the Tech Bar crosses the skin of the doors to send messages outside the car.

The rear in a futuristic coupé look

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

Peugeot also reinterprets its light signature with three claws on the back. The rear is particularly expressive, with its sloping look reminiscent of the silhouette of a coupé. As for the wheels, they use 20-inch rims reminiscent of those on the Peugeot 408. Forged textile inserts reinforce their aerodynamics.

It delivers supercar performance

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

Based on an 800V architecture, the Peugeot Inception Concept has two electric motors to have four-wheel drive. The concentrated power flirts with 680 hp, which allows the concept car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in “less than three seconds”.

Great autonomy and low consumption

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

The car is also equipped with a 100 kWh battery, which according to the manufacturer offers a range of 800 kilometers. Peugeot also states consumption at 12.5 kWh/100 km. Recharging is by induction to restore 30 kilometers of autonomy in one minute or 150 kilometers in five minutes.

Surprisingly, the steering wheel is inspired by video games

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

Inside the Peugeot Inception Concept, a new generation of the Peugeot i-Cockpit aims to revolutionize the driving experience. It embeds a video game-inspired control called Hypersquare, abandoning the style of traditional steering wheels. In combination with the electric steering by cable, this command “makes driving instinctive and easy”, according to Peugeot.

A level 4 autonomous driving system

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

Cut in the shape of circular honeycombs, the four corners of the Hypersquare are equipped with screens that allow certain commands to be activated by “simple impulses of the thumbs”. “We discover a gesture similar to the one we develop every day with our smartphones,” concludes Peugeot. In the middle of the Hypersquare, another tablet screen serves as an instrument cluster. The Hypersquare can finally pull in, giving way to a large panoramic screen when Level 4 autonomous driving is activated.

This flexible screen transmits information

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

On board the Peugeot Inception Concept, another flexible screen called the Halo Cluster transmits driving and infotainment-related information in 360 degrees. It is located in the upper part of the dashboard. It can also notify passengers approaching the car. A Focal audio system equips the cockpit and the upholstery consists of forged textile, raw galvanized steel, recycled polyester velvet or even upholstery for the seats.

The interior of the concept car is completely glazed

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

Numerous intelligent glass surfaces also bring brightness to the cabin and protect it from outside temperatures thanks to a multicolored treatment similar to that applied to the visors of NASA astronaut helmets. Finally, two positions on board are possible. The first row of seats juts forward and “provides an exceptional view of the road,” while the second aims to provide a good view of the outside. The wide Comfort Fit seats adjust their seat to the morphology of the passengers.

A marketing of the Inception Concept as such does not seem planned at the time of writing these lines, but Peugeot plans to reject the innovations of the concept car in its production models “up to the most compact” from 2025.

5 questions about the Peugeot Inception concept

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)

Peugeot Inception Concept (2023)Credit Photo – Peugeot

What is the Peugeot Inception Concept technical sheet?

Presented at CES 2023 in Las Vegas (USA), the Peugeot Inception Concept has two electric motors whose combined power reaches 680 hp. It is therefore equipped with all-wheel drive and is based on an 800V architecture. The concept car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds.

What is the range of Peugeot’s new electric concept car?

Equipped with a 100 kWh battery, the Peugeot Inception Concept has an electric range of 800 kilometers, according to the lion. The charging must be done by induction, it allows to recover 30 kilometers of autonomy in one minute or 150 kilometers in five minutes.

What are the dimensions of this Peugeot prototype?

The Peugeot Inception Concept is an imposing low-sedan type vehicle. The futuristic-style concept car is five meters long and 1.34 meters high.

What are the innovations on board its interior?

In the glazed passenger compartment of the Peugeot Inception Concept we discover the new Peugeot i-Cockpit. This consists in particular of the Hypersquare steering wheel, the four ends of which, hollowed out in a circular shape, support small screens that can be operated with the thumbs. In its center, the Hypersquare embeds another screen dedicated to the instrumentation. It can retract and make room for a screen when the Level 4 autonomous driving system is activated. Another flexible screen, called the Halo Cluster, broadcasts 360-degree information at the top of the dash. Finally, the Inception Concept has a Focal audio system.

What is the release date of the Peugeot Inception Concept?

Therefore, the Peugeot Inception Concept should not be mass-produced or marketed. But the French manufacturer plans to apply the innovations of its concept car to production models, and “even to the most compact ones”. The equipment of the Peugeot Inception Concept could therefore be used on Peugeot electric cars from 2025.

In summary

No, Peugeot’s new concept car isn’t an homage to Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film. Dubbed the Peugeot Inception Concept, this style study unveiled at CES 2023 marks the beginning of a new era for the French manufacturer. This five meter long sedan with a futuristic style hints at future models in terms of style but also in terms of innovation. Its cabin includes a new i-Cockpit with an innovative steering wheel covered with screens, the Hypersquare. Another flexible display called Halo Cluster transmits information to the dashboard. The technical data sheet indicates the presence of two electric motors for a power of 680 hp. In combination with all-wheel drive, this engine accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. A 100 kWh battery provides a range of 800 kilometers. If no marketing of the Peugeot Inception Concept seems planned, the technologies introduced with it should be found in cars produced by Peugeot from 2025.

Quentin Gueroult

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