Peugeot Inception concept sets EV design direction

The Peugeot Inception concept will set the design direction for the Stellantis brand’s next generation of electric vehicles.

The large sedan is based on Stellantis’ STLA Large platform, an upcoming full-electric architecture. It will have up to 800 km (500 miles) of range on a single charge, the distance from Paris to Marseille or Brussels to Berlin, Peugeot says.

The concept uses a 100 kilowatt-hour battery with an output of 680 hp from two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and the other the rear. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in less than three seconds.

STLA Large will be used for midsize and large high-performance vehicles from brands including Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep.

The Inception will use an 800-volt electric system, as well as wireless induction charging capability. The battery charges the equivalent of 30 km of range in one minute, or 150 km in five minutes.

Peugeot says the Inception introduces a “simpler and more refined design language” that will appear on models launched in 2025 and beyond. The brand expects to be all-electric in Europe by 2030, CEO Linda Jackson says. 

“We call the design ‘feline future,’” she said, a reference to the Peugeot lion symbol.

The front grille includes Peugeot’s signature “claw” running lights, with a single piece of glass incorporating lighting and sensors. A “tech bar” running horizontally across the door sends messages to the driver, who can be recognized by AI technology, which automatically adjusts settings and preferences. The bar also tracks battery life and incorporates other sensors.

The 5000 mm-long Inception is just 1,340 mm high, and would be Peugeot’s longest car if produced. 

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