Peugeot shows off a concept that hints toward a very stylish and technologically advanced future

Over the past few years, automakers have gone crazy with the concept of autonomous vehicles – something that has led to some futuristic, spaceship-looking concepts that have somehow embedded themselves into our brains as the direction cars will take some time in the future. Think about models like the Toyota Concept-I, the Faraday Future FF 91, or even the Honda NeuV – all of which blend four wheels with wild design and so much technology we’re not sure what to do with it. Now, Peugeot is joining the party.

It might be a little late to do so, but it’s put together the Peugeot Instinct, a shooting brake concept – yes, it’s a true shooting brake – that manages to bring connectivity, relaxation, driving pleasure, and style all into one exciting package. Samsung’s Artiktm Cloud system is used to connect the car to other devices like smartphones, watches, and even smart devices in your home when within range. So far, Peugeot has said little about what motivates this concept, but it’s apparently functional as the brand has said that the “lengthy bonnet hints at the 300 horsepower delivered by the PHEV powertrain.”

Of course, Peugeot concepts rarely turn into production models, and Peugeot’s concept designer, Matthias Hossann, has told Autocar that this concept won’t see production. But, it is quite likely that some of the styling seen here will find its way onto production models, so at least there’s that to look forward too. After all, the Peugeot brand has made some pretty big strides lately in the name of design with models like the 2017 Peugeot 3008, the new 5008 SUV, and even the updated Peugeot 301 all helping to usher in a new era for the brand that promises a bright and stylish future.

But, before we toot Peugeot’s horn too much, let’s take a better look at this concept before it makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot Instinct.

Exterior

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Peugeot has called this concept is timeless, and it would be hard to argue with that statement. The front end is dominated by the massive grille that takes on a different look depending on your position. The thin LED headlamps each feature a camera right in the middle that acts as a pair of eyes for the car, constantly scanning the area ahead and sending information back to the driver assistance systems. Those LED headlights are flanked by active light signatures that apparently operate above 55 mph to reduce air drag on the body.

The Peugeot logo on the front fascia glows white when in autonomous driving mode to let the world know that the car is in control. The small dimples in the corners of the fascia seem to be counterintuitive to the car’s aerodynamic nature but apparently won’t slow it down at all. The long hood is fairly muscular with a couple of very sharp lines that are flanked by the slightly elevated front fenders that make the hood a bit of a valley before dropping off into the front fascia.

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The front end is dominated by the massive grille that takes on a different look depending on your position.

Moving over to the side profile, the name of the game is aggressiveness and intriguing design. The front fascia wraps around the front end and turns into the fender seamlessly, while the seam between the door and front fender is almost nonexistent. The wheel arches sit higher than the headlights and are filled with just the right mixture of wheel and tire. Moving farther back, an aggressive and protruding bodyline creates an overhang in the body work that is accented by a side skirt that extends from the side and fills the void between the door and the wide rear quarters.

Those wide rear quarters, which are necessary for the significantly wider rear track are also the widest part of the car, leaving the passenger cabin to be on the thinner side. And, be that as it may, it’s still very stylish and you can’t argue with the shooting brake design. It should be noted that this concept goes all out on futuristic design, and like most other concepts of this caliber features rearview cameras instead of mirrors, and lacks the traditional, mechanical door handles.

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Moving over to the side profile, the name of the game is aggressiveness and intriguing design.

The rear end, on the other hand, is arguably just as, if not more aggressive than the side profile. The LED taillights start out in the center, extending from the lion emblem and getting taller as they approach the rear quarters. I want to call them wraparound units, but it really looks more like they are recessed into the body a bit and follow the slight contour of the rear quarters. The lens units themselves feature three clusters of four vertical LED lights that serve all rear lighting purposes, including taillights, brake lights, and side markers.

For a car so wide in the rear, it seems odd that the rear glass would be so thin, but it somehow works with the car’s overall design despite being a bit awkward. Down below, the rear fascia is really aggressive with recessed corner vents that might actually be functional on an aerodynamic level. In the center sits a diffuser-like element with a single large fin situated vertically right in the middle.

The rear end, on the other hand, is arguably just as, if not more aggressive than the side profile. The LED taillights start out in the center, extending from the lion emblem and getting taller as they approach the rear quarters.

All told, it’s such a stylish and interesting concept that it’s quite sad that the likelihood of it becoming a production model is slim to none. But, at least we know Peugeot has its mind in the right place these days (think 3008, 5008, and the 301) so something tells me we’ll at least see some of the design cues here in future models.

Interior

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The interior of the Instinct makes me feel like an F1 car, a space shuttle, and a Tesla came together and made some weird, cyclops love child – you know, the kind of child that’s cute, but you’re not sure if it has some sketchy super powers. Anyway, you open the suicide doors to reveal a cabin that’s both sporty and excessively easy to get into. The front and rear seats are almost identical. Apparently, the seat bottoms are fixed while the seatbacks can be adjusted for ultimate comfort.

The center console serves as a centerpiece that also divides the left and right passengers front and rear. Oddly, this concept doesn’t go with the usual pivoting seats, despite its autonomous capabilities. Sitting in the driver’s seat presents you with a small half-wheel that is void of any bottom spoke or rim and offers thumb control buttons on each side spoke. Wrapped in what appears to be perforated leather, the unit is likely heated and ventilated, but more importantly, will retract into the dash when autonomous drive is activated.

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The interior of the Instinct makes me feel like an F1 car, a space shuttle, and a Tesla came together and made some weird, cyclops love child – you know, the kind of child that’s cute, but you’re not sure if it has some sketchy super powers.

Ahead of the steering wheel sits a small, holographic instrument cluster that displays different information depending on what mode you’re in. In drive mode, it will display things such as vehicle speed, the energy levels of the PHEV powertrain, battery level, etc. In autonomous mode, the pedals, toggle switches, and pedals retract, while the holographic display provides information like remaining journey time, distance traveled, and the like.

In the center is a display that is molded into the center console and is likely used to choose various drive modes and control parts of the car, while the passenger side of the dash is fitted with a large display screen that provides a map and journey details as well as providing a home for the various infotainment system functions.

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All passengers can interact with the car via a chatbot that operates similarly to that of Google voice and Siri.

Furthermore, all passengers can interact with the car via a chatbot that operates similarly to that of Google voice and Siri. As an example, Peugeot says users can book cinema seats and pay online while on the go, so that should give you some idea of the actual functionality.

Apparently, the floor is finished with a “thin concrete layer” that has a “silky” feel to it. Not sure how that works out, but apparently, it invites passengers to kick off the old clodhoppers and relax in transit. A 3D mesh is used for most of the trim inside the vehicle, including the center console, door panels, and seats. All told, it’s an impressive interior design and somehow manages to border right on the line of too much and feasible in the next five years. Well done, Peugeot.

Drivetrain

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So, we’ve seen what the Peugeot Instinct looks likes, and we’ve seen what the interior offers, but what about the motivation behind it all? Well, truth be told, we just don’t know. According to Peugeot, there’s 300 horsepower on tap from a PHEV “power chain.”

According to Peugeot, there’s 300 horsepower on tap from a PHEV “power chain.”

Outside of that, we don’t know anything. Is there a small ICE stashed away under the hood that’s paired with a battery and electric motor? What kind of electric range will it have? The 3008 is set to receive a plug-in model in 2019 that includes an electric motor on the rear axle to make it all-wheel drive. That model is said to use a smaller battery that offers just 31 miles or all-electric range. Plus, the brand is set to launch a total of seven PHEVs and four all-electric models by 2021, so what’s lurking under the hood could be a hint at what will motivate these future models.

Considering that Peugeot has gone so far as to give the Instinct at least some active aero features, it obviously had at least some focus on performance and handling, and 300 ponies aren’t necessarily something to laugh at if the car is light enough. Hopefully, Peugeot will announce more details about the drivetrain when the car makes its debut in Geneva shortly. We do know that the car has four different drive modes: Drive Boost, Drive Relax, Autonomous Soft Mode, and Autonomous Sharp. The first two, are used for manual or semi-manual driving.

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The brand is set to launch a total of seven PHEVs and four all-electric models by 2021, so what’s lurking under the hood could be a hint at what will motivate these future models.

Drive Boost allows the driver to take full control and participate in spirited driving, while Drive Relax used the advanced driving systems to help assist the driver to make the journey easier. The Auto Soft mode is used to create a relaxing autonomous trip that makes for a smooth ride and gentle turns. Switch over to Autonomous Sharp mode, however, and the car will drive more precisely with efficient and sharp road handling – kind of like being spirited without putting in the legwork.

Conclusion

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While I’m sad that this shooting brake concept will probably never end up being more than a concept, it’s nice to see that Peugeot can jump on board with the rest of the manufacturers out there and come up with an interesting design that could hint at the brand’s future. Of course, we’re still waiting for Peugeot to root itself in the U.S., so the excitement is being kept to a dull roar over here, but the brand’s future looks like bright, and it’s painfully clear that the brand is ready to take on the future.

How much of what we see here will make it into future models? Well, that remains to be seen, but you can bet that we’ll see at least some of the technology and features eventually. Of course, we wouldn’t mind seeing a shooting brake production model either, so fingers crossed. But what do you think? Is it freaking amazing or is Peugeot way out in left field with this concept? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Press Release

Ever dreamed of owning a car that offers complete peace-of-mind with full awareness of its surroundings? A car that understands you, that knows you so well that it can foresee your every wish? A car that is in true harmony with you? A car that delivers a seamless, straightforward experience?

PEUGEOT has approached this concept with a single watchword: freedom. Freedom to choose your driving mode and the accompanying sensations. Freedom of movement. The outcome is PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT.

A PEUGEOT that offers something different, that has its own vibe. Our customers can vouch for this, the success of the new PEUGEOT 3008 proves it, and the same will be true of the self-driving car in the future. That vibe has a name – freedom!

Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of PEUGEOT

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SAMSUNG ARTIK™ Cloud enables easy and transparent interaction between connected devices and services, freeing users from having to worry about the underlying technology. Together, the PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT and SAMSUNG ARTIKTM Cloud are delivering on the vision of the connected car and making it a reality.

Dr. Luc Julia, Vice President of Innovation at Samsung Electronics

Designing a self-driving car is an exciting challenge. There are two opposing concepts – active driving and autonomous mode – and our job is to bring them together, with one clear objective: maintaining the enjoyment and arousing emotions. PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT is the first self-driving concept that keeps driving pleasure in mind.

Gilles Vidal, Head of Styling at PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT, in brief

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PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT was designed with a single watchword in mind: freedom. Freedom to choose your driving mode, freedom of movement, interconnected freedom. The concept fulfils its user’s desires and requirements.

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT is PEUGEOT’s take on the self-driving experience and encapsulates the brand’s enduring commitment to driving pleasure.

Self-driving cars are the next automotive revolution. Every manufacturer will be offering this technology. The difference will lie in how they go about it.

For the first time ever, a car comes with a functional on-board I.o.T platform, the SAMSUNG ARTIKTM Cloud connecting the car with the user’s cloud.

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT operates in total harmony with the full range of connected devices to create a brand-new approach to mobility. The vehicle integrates the data that the user wants to share with it from their smartphone, smartwatch or home automation systems.

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT delivers an array of new uses for the home, office or leisure – you can now go about your daily routine seamlessly!

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT offers four ways of getting around: two active driving modes (Drive Boost or Drive Relax) and two self-driving modes (Autonomous Sharp or Autonomous Soft).

The PEUGEOT Responsive i-Cockpit reinterprets the passenger compartment to meet the needs of the self-driving vehicle. The interfaces can be configured – before, during and after use – according to the mode selected and the user’s profile.

The driver retains control of PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT in all circumstances. In Autonomous mode, drivers can give a command or make a manoeuvre via the i-Device on the central console.

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT is a shooting brake with a timeless look. Active aerodynamic features accentuate the car’s flawless lines.

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PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT, the best of the I.o.T

PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT brings full connectivity to the motor car.

Connected devices and services have become extensions of ourselves. At PEUGEOT, we have integrated this technology into our cars in increasingly simple and ergonomic ways, offering our clients a relaxed, empowering and wholly unprecedented driving experience. One that puts our clients in control of their own mobility, granting them complete autonomy.

Aude Brille, head of strategy at PEUGEOT

For PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT, our inspiration came from nature and from people. People learn from their environment, gaining in autonomy as they go. Likewise, PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT draws on deep learning technology to establish the user’s profile. The SAMSUNG ARTIKTM Cloud for the I.o.T (Internet of Things) connects the devices they use every day and aggregates the data. That data comes from items such as smartwatches, smartphones and social media. It can even connect to your home to communicate with your smart television, audio streaming, home assistant, PC and other devices. The car itself is a valuable source of information because it is with us throughout our day and knows our regular journeys, favourite places and how we drive.

PEUGEOT and Sentiance, a data science company, process the data to make it meaningful and define each user’s profile. The analysis is dynamic and constantly enhanced. It means PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT can preconfigure or adapt its architecture to satisfy all its user’s needs and desires.

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Monday, 7:45 a.m.

You set off for your 8:30 appointment fifteen minutes earlier than usual. Taking weather and traffic conditions into account, your car’s navigation system and your diary have synchronised and suggested you leave home fifteen minutes earlier if you want to be on time. Once inside the car, the FOCAL hi-fi system starts playing the track you were listening to at home. When you start the engine, your house doors are automatically locked.

Tuesday, 9 p.m.

You’re very tired after your session at the gym. Your PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT is aware of this thanks to your smartwatch and so switches to Autonomous Soft mode. You can take some rest during the journey back home. As you approach your house, the outside lights come on to light up your driveway.

Thursday, 8 a.m.

Yesterday’s sport wasn’t enough! Your car suggests you park a ten-minute walk from your office to help you keep fit.

Friday, 2 p.m.

The journey to your next appointment includes a section on the motorway and a winding local road. The motorway part is covered in Autonomous Sharp mode. Then, knowing that you enjoy a dynamic drive, the car switches itself to Drive Boost mode when you join the local road.

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For the user, the car offers an unprecedented smooth driving experience. The vehicle environment has been designed to make every journey easier. The car preconfigures a range of features: driving mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting, hi-fi system, and so on. However, the driver remains fully in charge, able to choose between a manual drive or letting the car do the work in Autonomous mode.

The four modes available allow for particularly precise management. Drive Boost is designed for a dynamic drive. Drive Relax uses the ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance Systems) to assist the driver. This includes features such as automatic main beam switching or the active cruise control.

Autonomous Soft mode is for comfort. The journeys may be a little longer, giving you time to watch a film, read or simply rest. Finally, Autonomous Sharp optimises journey times with precise, efficient road handling.

PEUGEOT Responsive i-Cockpit, the revolution for everyone

The concepts presented to date have given the self-driving car quite an elitist image. It is seen as a top-of-the-range product, designed entirely with the driver in mind. PEUGEOT’s vision is radically different. Self-driving must enable as many people as possible to benefit. With this in mind, we have created an innovative, adaptive interior architecture, the Responsive i-Cockpit.

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The self-driving car opens up new avenues for creativity, responding to new uses.

With PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT and its Responsive i-Cockpit, we are building on the factors that have made the brand’s latest models so successful. We are creating new forms of driving pleasure. These may come from the interfaces, the architecture or the styling. There is no reason why a self-driving car should be dull to look at or to experience.

Matthias Hossann, head of PEUGEOT concept cars

The driver’s environment boasts a sleek kinematic system that comes into play when switching between Drive and Autonomous modes. The compact steering wheel and the panel housing the toggle switches fold into the dashboard. At the same time, the accelerator pedal pulls back into the pedal unit.

Regardless of the mode activated, the driver retains control over the vehicle. While this is obvious in Drive mode, this feature of PEUGEOT’s self-driving car is more surprising in Autonomous mode. The i-Device sits next to the 9.7-inch screen on the central console and can be used to command the car at any time. Simply tap to overtake the car in front or to switch from Soft to Sharp mode.

In Drive mode, the holographic cluster displays the operating data: vehicle speed, the split between the two energies used in the PHEV power chain, battery level, and so on. The digital rear-view function notifies the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot.

In Autonomous mode, these features include other information such as the distance covered so far and the remaining journey time. In fact, with the driver now able to relax, time is the only notion that really counts!

The on-board atmosphere changes as you change driving mode. Other than the information displayed, the seat positions, lighting and sound options are adapted.

The Responsive i-Cockpit gives each passenger their own individual space, even on-board a compact vehicle. To make sure everyone is comfortable, the seats take inspiration from aeronautic design. The structures and areas that come into contact with the body – seat base, seat back and headrest – are all treated individually. The base is enhanced with aluminium and remains fixed. The back, however, is mobile, pivoting around the transversal Y axis. The occupant is free to select the position they like – horizontal if they want to rest, upright to drive or in-between to watch a film or work.

Passengers can all communicate with the car via a chatbot, a speech-driven personal assistant offering a vast array of services. For example, you can use naturally expressed commands to book cinema seats or buy online.

The materials also incite you to make the most of this extra free time. The floor is finished with a thin concrete layer that has a silky feel, inviting you to slip off your shoes and relax. A 3D mesh is shaped to fit and support the body. The same material also trims the side panels around the central console and the door panels, the seat bases and seat backs. The headrest provides neck support and is trimmed with a flexible 3D mesh and leather.

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Shooting brake, a timeless look

With PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT, the self-driving car introduces a brand-new ecosystem designed to be inclusive. It strikes an emotional chord with its timeless, understated styling and its innovative aerodynamics underscore the flawless silhouette.

As a car moves forward, it pushes through a wall of air, affecting the way it accelerates. Engineers constantly work on improving aerodynamics to reduce fuel consumption and improve passenger comfort. This latter aspect will become increasingly important in the future. With self-driving cars, vehicle occupants will be able to do other things as they travel, discovering new ways of enjoying themselves on-board.

The proportions of PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT draw from the great coachbuilding tradition. The curved lines are sculpted around the technical components and the occupants. The lengthy bonnet hints at the 300 hp delivered by the PHEV power chain. The generous contours of the wheel arches suggest good road-handling and the power of the four drive wheels.

The front end is extremely expressive. There is a camera lens fitted in the centre of each LED headlamp, evoking the pupil of an eye. These cameras scan the vehicle’s environment and send information back to the driving assistance systems. The grille’s aspect changes depending on which way you look at it. Its semi-hollowed structure features a Lion which is underlined in white when Autonomous mode is activated.

On either side of the headlamps, the light signature stretches the full height of the front mask. It is deployed from 90 km/h upwards, with a two-fold objective. Firstly, the lower parts of the two light guides are connected by a strip that provides extra downforce on the front axle.

Secondly, this movement creates an opening to reduce pressure on the bodywork of the moving vehicle. Air is drawn in at the front end and expelled at the wheel surface. This serves as a virtual wheel fairing, cancelling out aerodynamic interference with the chassis and suspension, working in combination with the five-spoke aluminium wheels. The latter feature a series of narrow grooves, making them lighter. The same aerodynamic features are also found at the rear end. Air is drawn in via an opening in the front door beltline and flows towards the diffuser, located below a row of 3D lamps connected by a light strip.

The sunroof curves down snugly over the vehicle’s passengers. Its lines are underscored by the same deep blue tri-coating that colours the bodywork.

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In the near future, there will be two sides to PEUGEOT driving pleasure. Enjoy a dynamic drive or, alternatively, make the most of some extra free time. Time for you, time for leisure, time for enjoyment. PEUGEOT INSTINCT CONCEPT embodies this very concept.

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