2016 Peugeot Fractal Concept presented at the latest Frankfurt Auto Show has its own agenda and strict purpose. This car certainly won’t be produced, nor does the French manufacturer leave any chance of that happening. It’s intended to showcase the next generation of cockpits which emphasize on contemporary audio acoustics. However, just by looking at Fractal’s interior, one has to ask himself: “How on Earth do they intend to pull that out”? Knowing Peugeot, they’ll find the way. But that’s not everything.
This is an electric car, and as we know it, they are quiet as cemeteries at midnight. This already causes problems for pedestrians who often don’t hear them approaching. As of 2019, all electric cars will be required to emit a certain sound in order to remedy the situation. This is another topic that Peugeot Fractal Concept is delving into. Ultimately, we can say that Fractal is all about the sound.
We have already mentioned that Fractal is a pure all-electric car. It features a large 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and couple of electric motors; one on each axle. That’s enough for a combined hybrid output of 204 horsepower which enables the car to achieve acceleration of 6.8 seconds. Of course, that’s the time it needs to achieve a speed of 62 mph from standstill.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Compact coupe/convertible is as futuristic as concept cars get these days. Even its frontal fascia doesn’t resemble Peugeot’s trademark arrangement in this segment, and instead features criss-crossed headlamps, somewhat conventional trapezoidal grille and quite heavy frontal bumper with lots of sharp cues. Midsection, however, is even more futuristic and features one very sharp crease which divides car’s aerodynamic sectors in half, horizontally. Front part of the car is painted white, but the rear comes in black.
We certainly would have expected removable roof to be painted in contrasting color, but whole rear end comes as a surprise. Peugeot Fractal Concept’s behind is sharply cut and features almost racing dynamics.
Apart from being impossible to produce due to its futuristic styling, Fractal’s interior is quite acoustic. Concept gets 9.1 audio system with 13 speakers and tactile bass systems built into the back of each seat. More than 80 percent of Fractal’s interior is covered with 3-D printed parts which explores some new, contemporary possibilities for the future. Mentioned pedestrian warning systems also plays a large part of the Peugeot Fractal Concept car, and so do a holographic HUD display and Samsung Gear S smartwatch which is able to communicate with the car itself.
2016 Peugeot Fractal Concept Specs
Thanks to Fractal’s powertrain setup, concept car is able to offer more than hefty 280 miles of all-electric (and only) range. Further information is not yet disclosed, but it doesn’t even have to be. After all, Peugeot Fractal Concept is not production-bound, and most of its systems won’t be utilized before 2019 in any case. That leaves plenty of time for French engineers to experiment and improve on these systems. Finally, it leaves them with plenty of time to come to an agreement as to what kind of sound will their future electric cars emit.
|The Engine range|
|Type||102 HP electric motors; one on each axle|
|Combined output||204 HP|
|Driving range||280 miles|
|0 to 60 mph||6.8 seconds|
2016 Peugeot Fractal Concept receives our kudos as French haven’t taken future electric car regulations lightly. They have started conducting experiments early, and they aren’t afraid to exhibit a result or two to everyone through concepts like this one. Since there’s still plenty of time before new regulations become mandatory, we expect that another one or two similar concepts are a possibility. It wouldn’t surprise us if French went on and started bagging a concept every year before the new cars finally start implementing these systems.