Peugeot says will reveal its upcoming all-electric Inception concept at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show on January 5 in Las Vegas.
Although this may seem a little strange for Peugeot to be revealing a new concept car in the US given it doesn’t sell any cars there at the moment, it says CES is the “world’s largest trade show dedicated to new technologies and innovations”.
The Peugeot Inception concept was first announced at the 2022 Paris motor show in October and will preview the design and technologies for its upcoming models.
The concept is confirmed to be built on a “BEV-by-design” electric architecture, which is expected to be a variation of one of Stellantis’ STLA platforms.
Peugeot hasn’t revealed any details about what the Inception concept will look like yet, but it’s said to transform the brand’s design language while keeping the feline stance and three-claw lighting signature.
On the inside, there will be a new-generation i-Cockpit which will apparently create “new digital and physical experiences”.
The current Peugeot i-Cockpit has the instrument cluster raised and the the steering wheel shrunken to keep the cluster in the driver’s line of sight. It’s unclear if this will carry over.
As previously reported, Peugeot has announced it plans to go all-electric in Europe by 2030.
Linda Jackson, CEO of the Peugeot brand, told Automotive News in December 2021, “by 2030 in Europe all of our models will be electric”.
Unlike some other brands, such as Volvo and Bentley, which are aiming to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe by 2030, Peugeot isn’t making a complete break with internal-combustion engines.
Jackson noted, “I still have to make sure I maintain internal-combustion offerings for my international customers”.
Peugeot has a strong presence in Africa and Latin America, and both these regions are shifting to EVs at a much slower pace than Europe, North America and China.
It’s unclear how Australia fits into Peugeot’s EV transition. All of the vehicles sold by the brand Down Under are currently sourced from European factories.
Peugeot Australia has made no secret of its intentions to offer up to three all-electric models in 2023, starting with a commercial vehicle, then moving into the passenger and SUV segments. While not confirmed, the aim is to have all three on the market by the end of next year.
Peugeot Citroen Australia managing director Kate Gillis wouldn’t be drawn on revealing which models in the global portfolio will fit into each of these three slots, though the commercial vehicle will either be the e-Partner, e-Expert, or e-Boxer van.
Since the Partner and Rifter are basically one and the same with different interiors, you can see how the Rifter and e-Rifter are a logical next step.
Peugeot also does a passenger version of the Expert van called the Traveller, which additionally offers an all-electric e-Traveller variant.
The passenger and SUV slots, meanwhile, are likely to be filled by the e-208 EV city hatch as well as the e-2008 small crossover. Peugeot Australia is also looking into bringing the recently revealed e-308 Down Under.