We couldn’t bring ourselves to it. The pandemic is depriving us, this year, of trade shows and concept cars, these style manifestos that manufacturers unveil to the public during these major events. Vehicles that nourish the automotive dream, awaken desire and enhance future shapes. That is why we called Jean-Pierre Ploué, the styling director of the four brands of PSA, and asked him if he was ready for Peugeot to make a prototype for the Figaro. Without a doubt the only one of the year 2020.
A free exercise, devoid of all constraints. A gift that we would give to our readers and automobile enthusiasts.
Confusion at Peugeot: the original approach went beyond the usual framework. After some procrastination and adjustments, the brand management gave the green light. This is how in fifteen days, the direction of the Lion style made a virtual vehicle emerge from the earth that transports us to the world of tomorrow. No one yet knows if this vehicle, nicknamed “La Peugeot du Figaro” for lack of an official name, will one day have a physical existence, but it is intended as a vision of the Sochaux manufacturer by 2030-2035. What could she look like?
Sandeep Bhambra for the exterior style and Guillaume Lemaitre for the interior realized in a fortnight a concept that provides avenues for reflection. They take us to another planet with a sharp bodywork reminiscent of a fighter plane but incorporating the Peugeot codes, whether at the level of the grille frame or the rear lights whose three claws are, this time, treated. horizontally. The choice of a sedan silhouette shows that this low architecture is not abandoned.
Following on from the e-Legend concept presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the French firm maintains the idea that the automobile of tomorrow can remain an object of pleasure despite the adoption of an electric motor and the latest technologies. more advanced in autonomous driving. The result is a completely redesigned interior architecture that lets us imagine what awaits us tomorrow. The atmosphere will be closer to that of our homes both in the shapes of the furniture and in the choice of recycled and environmentally friendly materials. The adoption of an electric platform offers freedoms hitherto unknown in terms of interior design. “You can imagine storing your luggage in the front under a glass box,” explains Matthias Hossann. Designed as a living room, this concept receives rear passengers in a sofa and those in the front seats in particularly comfortable armchairs. The fully glazed roof floods the interior with light and helps open the car to the outside world. This concept skips the dashboard, accommodating a huge screen of at least 49 inches on the wall separating the cockpit from the front cradle.
Free exercise, of course, but not free, this concept prepares us for the Peugeot of tomorrow, electric, connected, autonomous and with a predominant place for largely customizable digital screens. This is the wish of some: the driver can delegate driving to the car and choose to doze, read, work or watch a movie or a show. Extensive program.