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Hope for the production of the E-Legend case is partially reborn, its stylistic codes inspired by the 504 coupe that arose from this Inception concept with the fake air of the Peugeot 505. This new identity will be adopted by future production Lionesses from 2025 onwards. .
Daughter of E-Legend
The incredible enthusiasm that e-Legend enjoyed during the 2018 World Cup will not be for naught after it has been outright scrapped after some time in production. Cropped silhouettes are no longer in fashion, we’ll easily be content with transferring its genes to a more classic sedan, as the Inception promises to be in the long run, just like the rest of the Peugeot range.
The face is characterized by a wide grille with the cute name “Fusion Mask”, paying homage to the claws of the grand tourers sold by the brand in the 70s and 80s, according to a high-tech reinterpretation. It consists of a piece of glass housing three horizontal LEDs that reference the chrome strips of a bygone era. At each end, they give way to subtle light-emitting claws inspired by the 9×8 hypercar entered in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), while in the middle of this hollow mouth appears the backlit house emblem, soon to be homologated in our broads. .
Like the 505 of its era (1979-1992), the Inception frowns on either side of the hood, like a cat ready to pounce on its prey. The back, however, responds to it with a clear inclination and a double layer of glass that again arranges it to accommodate six extra-long claws. References to the sedans of the brand, which are now in their forties, do not end there. Design director Matthias Hossann cleverly reinterpreted the side skirts that once covered the doors and bumpers. At Inception’s doors, they communicate with approaching passengers, informing them of the car’s level of autonomy or simply to greet them.
Let’s not rejoice and be glad that the Sochaux firm plans to offer the current 508 thermal generation, whose fate is unfortunately sealed by its failure to succeed. Therefore, the future Lion promises to be 100% electric for its upcoming sedan, which is about 5 meters long, which will compete with the Tesla Model S with serious arguments as a standard.
Technology to make the Porsche Taycan pale
The STLA Large platform, which will now be common to all high-end products of the Stellantis group, promises to use 800 V voltage, which in 2023 only a few models will be able to use in Porsche, Audi, Hyundai and Kia. . With a range of up to 800 km, the 100 kWh battery installed in this Peugeot is guaranteed to charge at lightning speed, equivalent to a trip from Paris to Marseille. For example, it takes just one minute to recover 30 km of autonomy or 150 km in five minutes with or without connection, Inception is equipped with induction energy.
Given its low height (1.34 m), its advantageous aerodynamics are the guarantee of consumption measured by burning 12.5 kWh per 100 km, according to the manufacturer. If you’re light-footed, the beauty is that it combines 500 kW (680 hp) of power through two engines, one at the front and one at the rear, to take advantage of all-wheel drive. It takes less than three seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.
The next generation i-Cockpit
Specs for its production implementation, though no date has yet been set. On the other hand, we doubt the feasibility of the main part of the avant-garde solutions of his cabin. That didn’t stop visitors to CES in Las Vegas from getting excited when they discovered a redesign of the i-Cockpit environment that has been dear to Peugeot for a decade. This main development is centered around the steering wheel, which is called “Hypersquare”, which has an oblong shape and consists of a screen that transmits the main information (drivers, air conditioning, multimedia). Round cells in the four corners of this new type of control make it easy to press with the tips of the thumbs to activate multiple functions without letting go of the direction of the hands. A great ergonomic advance that will find series use by the end of the decade, but probably without a screen to keep the airbag at hub level.
Another point of interest in this cabin is in front of the driver in the form of a flexible circular screen that broadcasts driving or infotainment information in 360°. The so-called Halo Cluster allows you to communicate with all passengers, as well as people approaching the car. Combining the Hypersquare and Halo Cluster, this new i-Cockpit handset can be retracted to give way to a panoramic screen that slides out of the ground to help the driver AI while driving. This rises to level 4 on the autonomy scale, as the car can handle very complex urban traffic situations, such as sudden construction sites, without driver intervention. However, the driver must be able to drive to be able to take the wheel when necessary. This is a level 5 lounge and, in turn, does not require a driver’s license to get a seat on the plane.
What is the name of the production?
Finally, the Initiation research is concerned with sustainability, specifically the use of thermo-pressed textile scraps under vacuum with the injection of bio-based resin to produce interior decoration elements (doors, thresholds, etc.). For the chairs and mats, he uses one and the same velvet, made of 100% recycled polyester and modeled with 3D printing. It remains unknown: his last name, during the transition to the series, in the coming years. Peugeot e-608? Peugeot e-708? Bets are made.
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