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Inception concept is Peugeot’s vision for electric car future


Like the rest of the brands at Stellantis, Peugeot’s future will be dominated by electric vehicles. The French carmaker is working on five new electric vehicle models for launch over the next two years and hopes their full line-up in Europe will be made with electric vehicles by the end of the decade.

As a preview of what will happen after 2025, Peugeot launched the Inception concept last week in the year 2023 CES. The concept is a full-size sedan with four doors and design details shared with Peugeot 2022 9X8 LMH endurance racing car. The three vertical slats that form the headlights on both cars are what Peugeot calls the claw motif.

This concept is based on the STLA Large platform, one of four modular designs that will underpin future electric vehicles at Stellantis. This platform is the same as used by Dodge Daytona Charger, a concept that previews Dodge’s first EV coming in 2024. The platform is designed for high-end full-size and mid-size cars and is said to be capable of offering more than 500 miles of range. . The Inception spans about 16.4 feet.

For its concept, Peugeot went with a 100-kwh battery that claims to offer a range of 497 miles. Power comes from a dual-motor four-wheel drive system rated at 680 hp, or enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. High-speed charging thanks to the 800-volt electrical system means an additional 93 miles can be traveled in just five minutes.

Peugeot says the concept’s interior also hints at elements for future electric vehicles. Especially the square steering wheel has its own touch screen surface to control key functions such as climate settings, audio settings and electronic driver assistance features. Peugeot says the concept has an upcoming version of the Stellantis STLA AutoDrive Driver Assistance Platform capable of self-driving level 4 based on the scale of SAE. This degree means the concept can handle long-term driving tasks, but only under certain conditions.

Although the Inception was launched in the US, there are no plans to reintroduce Peugeot here. There were plans to reintroduce Peugeot in the US around 2025 but this plan was scrapped in 2021 following the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France’s PSA Group to form Stellantis.

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