Peugeot has shown the next generation of its ‘i-Cockpit’ which it says incorporates a number of technological and design advances for next generation Peugeot models.
The preview showcases the brand’s new interior design direction for future models, with advanced ergonomics, head-up digital instrument displays and interactive touchscreen technology all designed to enhance the driving experience, Peugoet says.
The new i-Cockpit will feature on the next generation of Peugeot models following the successful launch of the concept in 2012. In the past four years, it has been used on the brand’s three best-selling models, including the 208, which was renewed last year, the 2008 SUV, with the latest version revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and the 308, Peugeot’s overall best-selling model.
Peugeot says the new design retains all of the existing features and benefits that the existing 2.2 million global users of the current generation of the i-Cockpit, which is fitted on Peugeot 208, 2008 and 308 models.
The new generation design incorporates a number of design changes. The steering wheel, for example, has been re-designed to provide drivers with a greater field of vision and more leg space. The wheel itself is “now even more compact and offers more agility and manoeuvrability with improved driving sensation”. Driver’s arms are now closer when holding the steering wheel, reducing the breadth of movement required during manoeuvres, thus making the car more responsive and agile for the driver, with an improved, more relaxed driving position.
Building on the elevated instrument cluster of the current generation i-Cockpit, Peugeot engineers have developed a new head-up instrumentation display, with a 12.3” high-resolution digital screen on the dashboard. Positioned in the driver’s line of sight, the large screen displays all critical information to drivers within the field of view, enabling more information to be read easier and quicker. This removes the need for drivers to look away from the road, enhancing driving safety, Peugeot says.
Peugeot also says that it has developed bespoke futuristic graphics for drivers and passengers, further enhancing their ‘in-cabin’ experience. The display is fully customisable with each configuration heightened with animations and transitions, it says.
The next generation i-Cockpit will also enjoy features including 3D navigation, available on both of the information screens, with real-time traffic information from Tom Tom Traffic. Connected to voice recognition and commands enables hands-free device control, with “useful features like automatic text message management reading, drafting and sending messages hands free”. The central screen also features Apple CarPlay, Mirrorlink and Android Auto technologies.
All of the new technology and features are set in a new centre console.
Peugeot also says the streamlined interior comes with a “lack of buttons, choice of high-grade materials and premium build quality”.
Accompanying the visual and tactile element, Peugeot says that musical atmospheric settings provide an “audible experience like no other, while the inbuilt fragrance diffuser provides the final sensory stimulation for occupants”.
Almost all of these senses can be tailored to occupant taste, with two atmospheric settings offered as standard; ‘Boost’, for dynamic driving, and ‘Relax’, for a calmer driving experience. Both settings are completely customisable, Peugeot says, making it possible to make on-board experiences of drivers and passengers “unique, engaging and unforgettable”.