Peugeot is set to introduce the 100% autonomous, all-electric and fully-connected vehicle named the e-Legend Concept at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The automotive industry is going through a transition phase in energy and fuel types, and Peugeot has adopted a realistic yet modern template for its vision for the future of mobility.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot, said, “Peugeot e-Legend Concept 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.”
The e-Legend presents four driving modes – two autonomous and two manual – which can be selected depending on the road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s preference.
Autonomous modes include ‘Soft’ and ‘Sharp’. Soft mode focuses on the comfort of the vehicle’s occupants, with projection on digital material screens and information displays reduced to a minimum. Sharp mode offers maximum connectivity for digital activities, such as engagement on social networks, arranging electronic calendars, etc.
Manual modes for the e-Concept feature ‘Legend’ and ‘Boost’. Legend is a cruising mode with a dashboard reminiscent of the Peugeot 504 Coupe’s three dials and a digitally-created wood effect display on different screens. Boost mode is a more dynamic drive thanks to a powerful electric engine and 180-degree immersion for the driver, projecting the road on a single, large screen.
When in either autonomous modes, the interior configuration of the e-Legend changes. The steering wheel retracts under the soundbar in order to reveal the 49-inch central screen. The front seats recline and the side armrests automatically deploy. These actions free up a large storage area and introduce an induction charging area for smartphones and other devices.
The Peugeot e-Legend Concept is powered by a fully-electric powertrain, with the 100 kWh batteries capable of reaching 590 lb-ft torque and 340 Kw power, distributed to the four-wheel drive. It has a maximum speed of 229 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. The range is 600 km according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), of which 500 km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to the recharge time. By offering induction charging, the Peugeot e-Legend Concept cultivates the zero technological constraint mindest.