This is the Peugeot Fractal concept, a tiny, four-seater electric coupe-roadster-thing that will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
It undeniably looks good, with an exaggerated version of Peugeot’s current face at the front and laser-cut, multi-textured surfacing at the rear. It stands just 3.8 metres in length – shorter than the 208 – but is cartoonishly broad-shouldered at 1.8 metres wide. 19-inch wheels with painted-on, low rolling resistance tyres complete the Manga-esque look.
Though the Fractal is a four-seater coupe, the roof comes off entirely to turn it into a roadster. Power comes from two electric motors – one on each axle – producing 201bhp, the juice provided by a lithium-ion battery pack running down the car’s spine.
So far, this is nothing unusual for a motor show concept: outlandish body, on-trend drivetrain. But the Fractal takes a bit of a walk on the wild side when it comes to the interior.
For a start, the insides are lined with a material similar to the foam cones you see on the walls of a recording studio. Peugeot says it has been developed to provide the best possible acoustics for the stereo. There are sub-woofers built into the seats, too, so you can literally feel the music. Then there’s the customisable, holographic head-up display.
Perhaps more realistic is that 80 per cent of the interior components are 3D-printed. And the 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver, and the advanced 7.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, both of which are likely to be seen on upcoming production Peugeots.
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By Only Motors