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Radical Peugeot Inception looks like it was carved by katana

Radical Peugeot Inception looks like it was carved by katana
The Peugeot Inception debuts at CES 2023
The Peugeot Inception debuts at CES 2023
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The Peugeot Inception debuts at CES 2023
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The Peugeot Inception debuts at CES 2023
Peugeot looks ahead to the future with the Inception concept
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Peugeot looks ahead to the future with the Inception concept
The Inception wears a single-piece front-end that unifies the large illuminated logo and triple-claw headlamps with three thin horizontal strips
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The Inception wears a single-piece front-end that unifies the large illuminated logo and triple-claw headlamps with three thin horizontal strips
Just like the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept, the Inception has a B pillar-free construction with rear coach doors
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Just like the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept, the Inception has a B pillar-free construction with rear coach doors
The triple-claws reappear on the dramatically slashed rear-end
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The triple-claws reappear on the dramatically slashed rear-end
A peek inside at the Peugeot Inception concept's Hypersquare controls and Halo Cluster instruments
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A peek inside at the Peugeot Inception concept's Hypersquare controls and Halo Cluster instruments
Peugeot Inception concept
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Peugeot Inception concept
Peugeot Inception concept Focal hi-fi system
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Peugeot Inception concept Focal hi-fi system
Getting into the Level 4 autonomous Peugeot Inception concept
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Getting into the Level 4 autonomous Peugeot Inception concept
Will the Peugeot Inception or Ram 1500 Revolution BEV prove closer in form to an actual production vehicle?
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Will the Peugeot Inception or Ram 1500 Revolution BEV prove closer in form to an actual production vehicle?
The Peugeot Inception concept comes powered by a 670-hp electric AWD with front and rear motors
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The Peugeot Inception concept comes powered by a 670-hp electric AWD with front and rear motors
Peugeot's design team explores the interplay of smooth, curvaceous volumes and exceptionally sharp, angular lines
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Peugeot's design team explores the interplay of smooth, curvaceous volumes and exceptionally sharp, angular lines
Stare down with the Peugeot Inception concept
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Stare down with the Peugeot Inception concept
Peugeot says the Inception concept can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds
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Peugeot says the Inception concept can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds
The Peugeot Inception concept rides on Aerorim wheels with a stationary illuminated Peugeot lion at the center
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The Peugeot Inception concept rides on Aerorim wheels with a stationary illuminated Peugeot lion at the center
Taking the Hypersquare
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Taking the Hypersquare
Peugeot explains the NARIMA glass has a warm reflection in shades of yellow and a colder transmission in the bluish tones, further delineating interior and exterior . This glass surface creates a subtle dialogue between the exterior and interior. On the outside, it is reflected on the neutral body colour. Inside, it diffuses flashes of light on the materials, constantly modifying the reflections and tints.
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Peugeot explains the NARIMA glass has a warm reflection in shades of yellow and a colder transmission in the bluish tones, further delineating interior and exterior
The inception is finished in a single coat composed of fine metal pigments meant to highlight the shape and reflect the tint of the surrounding environment
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The inception is finished in a single coat composed of fine metal pigments meant to highlight the shape and reflect the tint of the surrounding environment
At the wheel
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At the wheel
Peugeot integrates maintenance functions, including the charging port, into the "Aero Tech Deck" on the front of the hood
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Peugeot integrates maintenance functions, including the charging port, into the "Aero Tech Deck" on the front of the hood
Kicking back in Level 4 autonomous mode with large widescreen display
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Kicking back in Level 4 autonomous mode with large widescreen display
Taking the (Hypersquare) wheel for manual driving
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Taking the (Hypersquare) wheel for manual driving
Better look at the Halo
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Better look at the Halo Cluster that offers information for those inside and outside the Inception
Peugeot promises furniture-like levels of body conforming comfort, but those seats look more like torture devices from this angle
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Peugeot promises furniture-like levels of body conforming comfort, but those seats look more like torture devices from this angle
Customizable air-quilted seat tops
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Customizable air-quilted seat tops
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Peugeot has for years been adding serious lion-ish ferocity to its cars, with design elements like triple-claw headlights and slashed DRLs. We thought that trend might have found its ultimate conclusion in the absolutely feral 9X8 race car, but we were wrong. The all-new Inception concept bowed at CES 2023 last week, showing even more extreme styling with edges so sharp you might slice a finger on them, a full glass cockpit, and digital technology woven throughout the interior and exterior. The concept promises a much bolder future for the Peugeot EV.

The 5-m (16.4-ft) Inception concept previews the styling direction Peugeot will take with future EVs, and the company says the radical design language will find its way to actual products starting in 2025.

The French automaker will undoubtedly dull down those razor-sharp edges a little before sending the design package through to production, but it does plan to mix more geometry into a formula of smooth lines and athletic curves.

The triple-claws reappear on the dramatically slashed rear-end
The triple-claws reappear on the dramatically slashed rear-end

The Inception's feline stance supports undulating volumes and bulging muscles surrounding a space-age-like 7.3-sq m (78-sq ft) glasshouse so huge it dives below hood height. That hood area doesn't look particularly friendly for heavy snows, but it's definitely eye-catching, framing out a recessed front end that appears to be derived from the retro-licious 2018 e-Legend concept. Within that facial recess, the Inception's front fascia glows from within a single piece of glass, tying together Peugeot's triple-claw headlamps and an illuminated badge.

The Inception wears a single-piece front-end that unifies the large illuminated logo and triple-claw headlamps with three thin horizontal strips
The Inception wears a single-piece front-end that unifies the large illuminated logo and triple-claw headlamps with three thin horizontal strips

Like the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept, the Inception comes built atop Stellantis' upcoming STLA BEV architecture. Peugeot imagines the 670-hp (500-kW) dual-motor AWD powertrain driving it for up to 800 km (497 miles) of range per charge of the 100-kWh battery pack. Once drained, the 800-V battery can add 150 km (93 miles) of range in just five minutes of fast-charging.

Inside the multi-chrome-treated glass, the Inception debuts a next-generation version of Peugeot's i-Cockpit, complete with what the company calls a Hypersquare steer-by-wire control system. In place of the classic steering wheel, this digitized command center houses a central touchscreen and circular corner controls inside a rounded rectangle controller. The driver can manage drive and interior functions with mere swipes of the fingertips, or switch over to Level 4 autonomous mode to sit back and enjoy content on the panoramic screen that emerges to replace the retracted Hypersquare controls.

Taking the Hypersquare
Taking the Hypersquare

Behind the Hypersquare, Peugeot goes 3D with the instrument panel to create what it calls the Halo Cluster. The ring-shaped display delivers information to the driver and also communicates with those outside the vehicle, such as passengers approaching the door. The car also includes a digital "Tech Bar" door design that furthers communications with outsiders.

The Inception's seats boast an immersive design meant to conform to the body, utilizing inflatable quilting around the shoulder rests to better customize fit. All front and rear passengers enjoy a full view of their surroundings thanks to the bubble-like glass and the lack of dashboard. A soundbar-based Focal premium sound system adds audio to the visuals.

At the wheel
At the wheel

The Inception concept becomes the latest component of Peugeot's ongoing efforts to fully electrify its lineup. The automaker plans to launch five new all-electric models over the next two years ahead of electrifying 100% of its European range by 2030.

The quick intro video shows a closer look at some of the concept's features.

Peugeot Inception Concept | Reveal

Source: Stellantis/Peugeot

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2 comments
2 comments
claudio
did the designer for the Tesla Truck get a job at Peugeot?
ljaques
The Tesla Truck's cute little girlfriend. Cute on the outside, not so much on the inside with those seats. I'm willing to bet that this one is never produced.