Peugeot e-Legend concept

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Peugeot vision for the future will be at October’s Paris Motor Show. The e-Legend concept hints at the iconic PEUGEOT 504 Coupé, yet it is a fully autonomous, electric and connected vehicle of the future.

Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot, said: “The e-Legend is not just a technological manifesto. This is the vision of a brand actively focused on an optimistic and ultra-desirable future. For Peugeot, autonomy and electric are synonymous with even stronger sensations. Boredom will never be part of our DNA.”

Peugeot tells us: The e-Legend concept offers four very different driving ambiences, each selected depending on traffic conditions, or driver preference. The SOFT autonomous mode focuses on the comfort of vehicle occupants, with digital screens and information displays reduced to a minimum. The ‘Sharp’ autonomous mode features maximum connectivity for digital activity. The e-Legend manual mode is used for cruising and the interior ambience merges the iconic 504 Coupe’s three dial dashboard with a digitally-created wood effect on screens. The BOOST manual mode offers a more dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to a powerful electric engine, with projection of the road on a single, large screen. The fully autonomous capabilities of the vehicle are designed to give drivers more time to themselves, with Peugeot’s acclaimed i- Cockpit® offering a comfortable and intuitive environment in which to pursue other activities. When in autonomous mode, the interior configuration changes, with the steering wheel retracting in order to make the 49-inch central screen fully visible. The front seats recline for extra comfort and the side armrests deploy automatically, freeing up a large storage area and induction charging area for smartphones and other devices. Peugeot’s partnership with AI technology company, Soundhound offers a voice-activated personal assistant for autonomous driving. The driver can change the driving style of the car, listen to music and open and close the electrified doors. Using the digitised voice of Peugeot Style Director, Gilles Vidal, the system works in 17 different languages; a version of this will be available in Peugeot production vehicles within two years.

The e-Legend concept we’re told is powered by a 100% electric power train, with the 100 kWh batteries. 800nm torque and 455hp power is generated. 0-100km/h takes less than 4 seconds and top speed is 220kmh (136mph). 600km range is possible according to the WLTP protocol, of which 500 km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge.

The Paris Motor Show takes place from October 4th to the 14th. The e-Legend is an utterly stunning, we say: “shut up and take our money!”

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