20.9.2018Peugeot unveils e-Legend Concept
Peugeot will show off its e-Legend Concept at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks, showcasing electric power and connected & autonomous technologies.
The stylish concept is set to be one of the stars of Peugeotâ€™s home motor show, and reflects one of the manufacturerâ€™s most iconic models from the past - the 504 Coupe.
Although there is a hint of retro about the styling, everything else is advanced. There are two autonomous modes featured - Soft and Sharp - prioritising comfort and relaxation, or connectivity and productivity respectively.
There are two manual modes too - Legend and Boost. Legend is a cruising mode, with the dashboard reflective of the 504 Coupeâ€™s three dials, and a digitally created wood-effect dashboard. Boost provides a more dynamic driving style.
When in either of the autonomous modes, the steering wheel redacts under the carâ€™s sound bar to make full use of the 49-inch central screen. The front seats recline for extra comfort and arm-rests deploy, though the retro theme is retained as the carâ€™s interior is upholstered in blue velvet.
Power comes from a 340 kW electric powertrain, providing 800 Nm of torque to all four wheels. A range of 373 miles (WLTP) is possible thanks to a 100 kWh battery. Charging sees 310 of those miles accessed within 25 minutes thanks to ultra-rapid charging - presumably at a maximum of 150 kW. The e-Legend Concept also boasts performance figures of a sub-4 second 0-62mph time, and a top speed of 137 mph.
The model is strictly a concept, but the PSA Group - of which Peugeot is part - has committed itself to a significant electrification programme. With such a range available, should the e-Legend ever move to a production model, it would remain competitive even in a few yearsâ€™ time. And we can only hope that the brilliant design is retained for a future car.