The new i-Cockpit will feature on the next generation of models following the highly 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 and re-energized 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.
The new design retains all of the existing features and benefits that the 2.2 million global users of the current generation of the i-Cockpit, fitted on PEUGEOT 208, 2008 and 308 models, have come to know and love. Following intensive studies by the French marque, with customers across Europe and China agreeing that driving a Peugeot i-Cockpit® vehicle is a rewarding, stimulating experience, engineers and designers were able to make a number of improvements to intensify the experience.
Using a full scale reproduction of the front passenger compartment, engineers and designers were able to produce and develop the new i-Cockpit design in a genuine setting, refining the design and features from the perspective of the drivers and passengers of future models.
Following feedback of current users, engineers started with the steering wheel. It’s re-design will provide driver’s with an even greater field of vision and more leg space for additional comfort. 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, 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, engineers developed a new head-up instrumentation display, with a 12.3’’ high-resolution digital screen taking pride of place on the dashboard. Positioned in the driver’s line of sight, the large screen clearly 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. Meanwhile, the designers have taken full advantage of a new 12.3-inch’ screen, developing bespoke futuristic graphics for drivers and passengers, further enhancing their ‘in-cabin’ experience. The display is fully customizable with each configuration heightened with animations and transitions.
Passengers will also note the new tablet-like 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the instrument panel, which has been improved over the current in car infotainment system. New interactive technology has increased responsiveness and made it simpler to use.
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. The central screen also features CarPlay, Mirrorlink and Android Auto technologies. All of the new technology and features are set in a new center console, which has been designed to be elegant yet practical. Indeed, all driver and passenger senses will be engaged by the new i-Cockpit.
Accompanying the visual and tactile element, 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 customizable, making it possible to make on-board experiences of drivers and passengers unique, engaging and unforgettable all thanks to Peugeot’s new i-Cockpit.