ASTRONAUT glass. Beer tray steering wheel. Widescreen TV. You see the next Peugeot 508.
This radical concept car hints at the next-generation electric sedan due out in 2026.
The low-slung body is exaggerated but doable. We like it.
This also applies to the Hypersquare steering wheel.
This is possible because it uses steer-by-wire technology, which has no mechanical connection to the wheels.
At low speed, the front wheels turn in sharply with a small movement of the hand. So that your wrists are not tied like a pretzel.
At high speed the wheels move less. Variable ratio, innit.
The Hypersquare folds when the vehicle is charging, allowing the driver to watch TV on the fold-out panoramic screen.
This apparently also applies when the car is in autonomous mode.
But we’re not waiting for that.
As for the glass, the huge windshield is specially treated with multi-colored metal oxides, like the visor of a NASA astronaut helmet. It dissipates heat and is glare-free.
Sounds expensive. But it is necessary. Because in this car you sit like you’re in a greenhouse, but with seats made of recycled crushed velvet and blue light strips that give it a cocktail bar atmosphere at night.
This concept car is called Inception, which means “the beginning.”
There’s also a glimpse of Peugeot’s new family face – the usual three-claw lights but integrated into a high-tech grille – which will be adopted for the first time in the next 3008.
Now for some numbers. Inception is powered by a 100 kWh battery that delivers a range of 497 miles.
Thanks to the 800V charging technology, it can add 150km of juice every five minutes. This means you won’t be watching TV for long.
Two electric motors, one on each axle, produce an impressive 680 hp with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of under three seconds.
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Point it at the sky and you’ll really need the astronaut glass.
I’m also guessing the price will be pretty astronomical.