One of the most wild-looking debuts at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Peugeot Fractal Concept, a small topless, electric-powered hatchback designed for urban commuting and targeted at generation-Y.
A collaborative effort between Peugeot and renowned electronic music producer Amon Tobin, the radical concept car actually hints at a potential future design for Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, which focuses on sound experience.
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The i-Cockpit was first featured in the SR1 concept, which itself previewed the design direction for the Peugeot 208 that debuted in 2012. The original design focused mostly on visual and touch aspects, including a head-up display, a compact steering wheel and touchscreen interface.
It addition to being very compact in size, and thus highly maneuverable in tight urban spaces, the Fractal Concept has a lightweight construction and tips the scale at just 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). It has short overhangs for a sporty appearance, a removable roof and sits on large 19-inch wheels.
With 80% of its trim surface consisting of 3D-printed parts, the interior seats up to four occupants and is equipped with a 9.1-channel sound system co-developed by researchers from PSA Peugeot Citroen’s StelLab and French speaker maker Focal, a setup that features 13 speakers and bass systems built into the back of each seat.
Powering the Peugeot Fractal Concept are electric motors on the front and rear axles juiced by a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. With a combined output of 204 horsepower (150 kW) to work with, it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds and can travel up to 280 miles (450 km) on a full charge.
An all-wheel drive system is standard fare, as is a dynamic suspension system with adjustable air springs that can modify the electric French convertible‘s ground clearance between 7 cm and 11 cm.
The Peugeot Fractal Concept is more than a mere design study — it represents a prospective design for an electric urban coupe / convertible model from France.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.
Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.
Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?
Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept Previews Infiniti’s EV Future
It introduces a new platform and a new design language inside and out.
Infiniti has revealed the QX Inspiration concept ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
The stylish concept previews the brand’s plans for electrified, high-performance production vehicles, featuring the the same new design language as the Q Inspiration Concept and a spacious, lounge like interior.
“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” the Japanese premium marque said in a statement. “New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy — and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core.”
The cabin was hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. Occupants are treated to new technology that follows the Japanese hospitality principle of omotenashi, creating a welcoming environment while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.
The QX Inspiration Concept is underpinned by a brand new platform specifically engineered for electric vehicles, one that will be a centerpiece of the brand’s planned electrification push scheduled to begin in 2021.
In an earlier report, Infiniti President Roland Krueger suggested that the new line of electric vehicles could have a driving range of at least 311 miles (500 km).