Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

PEUGEOT has revealed its Inception
concept at the Consumer Electronics
Show 2023, with the sleek new saloon
highlighting an exciting vision for the
brand’s future and outlining initial details of
parent firm Stellantis’s STLA Large platform.
The Inception is five metres long, with its
size “deliberately chosen to highlight the
many innovations of this manifesto”. It’s set
to inspire future products, down to the most
compact cars in the range, from 2025.
Mounted between the axles is a 100kWh
battery, which the brand claims is good for
a range of 800km (497 miles). The battery
supplies two electric motors – one on the
front axle, the other on the rear for all-wheel
drive – with a combined output “close to
670bhp” and a claimed 0-62mph time of
less than three seconds.
The platform’s 800-volt tech (a first for
a Peugeot EV) means it’s not just the car’s
straight-line performance that’s rapid; 18
miles of range can be added in one minute,
Peugeot says, with up to 93 miles gained in
five minutes due to wireless charging tech.
The Inception’s design takes Peugeot’s
typical styling cues and evolves them for
a new era, with a pair of upright, three-bar
running lights framing a blanked-off grille
that houses the sensors needed for the
car’s driver-assistance systems. There’s a
similar arrangement at the rear for the taillights,
framing a smooth glass panel.
Peugeot says the Inception’s simpler and
more refined design language will be rolled
out across the company’s range from the
middle of the decade, so you can expect to
A NEW electric car brand formed by Sony
and Honda, called AFEELA, has unveiled its
first electric vehicle concept at CES 2023.
The as-yet unnamed four-door saloon is
said to focus on “Autonomy, Augmentation
and Affinity”, with AFEELA explaining that
“the three As are the direction in which
our mobility grows”.
As a result, the 4.9-metre-long fastback
model features Level 3 autonomous driving
tech and the latest safety technology, with
the car featuring a total of 45 sensors and
cameras inside and out.
Its next-generation infotainment system
(part of a collaboration with Epic Games)
“integrates real and virtual worlds”, AFEELA
says, with much of the technology based on
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis
system, which was also unveiled at CES
see the concept’s mix of sharp, geometric
lines and softer, more muscular surfaces in
road-going form in the near future.
The Inception’s doors feature a horizontal
“Tech bar” that can display messages to the
surrounding environment, such as a hello
or goodbye gesture, or the car’s remaining
range. Artificial Intelligence can also
recognise an approaching driver to set up
the seat position, temperature, driving
mode and multimedia preferences, too.
Inside, the Inception features the latest
generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit set-up,
with a crucial new piece of technology,
called Hypersquare. This rectangular
steering wheel features digital electric
controls in each of its four corners. These
touch-sensitive panels mean a driver
doesn’t have to take their hands off the
wheel to control the car’s main functions.
Peugeot is aiming to introduce the
Hypersquare to its models from 2026.
Steer-by-wire tech (with no mechanical
link between the Hypersquare and the
car’s front wheels) means the brand has
been able to develop a new cabin
architecture. Level 4 autonomous driving
is installed as part of Stellantis’s STLA
AutoDrive functionality. When engaged, the
Hypersquare retracts into the dash and a
large panoramic screen emerges, changing
the environment and user experience.
“Eighteen miles of range
can be added in one
minute, with up to 93 miles
gained in five minutes”
(above, far right). The five-seat model has
a “Media Bar”, which can display messages
using different lighting signatures.
Inside, the dashboard is dominated by
a full-width screen that’s broken down into
panels to display images from the digital
wing mirrors, a driver display and a main
infotainment unit. A steering yoke features
as part of the minimalist cabin design.
No powertrain information has been
announced, apart from the fact that the
car features all-wheel drive.
AFEELA has confirmed its intent to build
a production model based on this prototype
and says “pre-orders are planned to begin
in the first half of 2025, sales by the end of
2025, and delivery from spring in 2026 in
North America”. It hasn’t been revealed if

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