The way some carmaker are into luxury and speed, some are also into designs, both interior and exterior. Something most French brands have embraced throughout the years, from Citroen to DS and more recently, Peugeot is the dashboard.
Carscoops revealed that the peugeot i-Cockpit dashboard design was first seen back in 2010 on the SR1 Concept, whereas the first production-model to end up with it was the 208 hatchback, two years later. Now, the i-Cockpit dash is part of the carmaker’s DNA, for better or worse.
After the SR1, all Peugeot concept cars were built with an i-Cockpit, which in turn influenced the interior design of its production models. For example, the Exalt concept strongly inspired the dash of the Peugeot 508, while the i-Cockpit architecture of the Fractal concept influenced the interior of the all-new 208.
Well, it’s a three-level design, with a compact steering wheel, a head-up instrument panel, large touch screen display and a series of toggle switches instead of traditional buttons on the center console.
According to the Peugeot, this setup is very ergonomic, ensuring that all body types are comfortable while also enjoying maximum outward visibility.
“It isn’t the driver’s height that matters, it’s their chest to leg ratio that needs to be assessed. For example, some people have a longer torso compared to their leg length. But for others, it’s quite the opposite… If the average height of a man is 1.76 m, the length of his torso varies from 87 to 98 cm! Which has a direct impact on the positioning of his vision.”
It’s this type of anthropometric data that Peugeot used to calculate the range of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel, in order to “reinforce the feeling of being in a cocoon and optimize on-board ergonomics, whatever the driver’s size.”