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Peugeot e-Legend mixes future with past

Fully autonomous concept recalls 50-year old 504 coupe.

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The Peugeot e-Legend concept, set to be unveiled at the Paris motor show, is described by its builders as a 100% autonomous, electric and connected ‘vision for the future of mobility.’

The Legend part of the car’s name comes from the Peugeot 504 Coupe, revealed by the brand at the Paris show 50 years ago, and the inspiration for several styling details on the concept.

The car’s electric powertrain uses 100kWh batteries, distributing 340kW of power and 800Nm of torque to an all-wheel-drive chassis. The 0-62mph time is described as under four seconds with a maximum speed of 136mph.

Peugeot says that the concept will also deliver a range of 372 miles between charges, measured under the latest WLTP protocol. A fast recharging system takes 25 minutes to offer more than 300 miles of range.

The e-Legend will offer four driving modes – two autonomous and two manual and dubbed Soft, Sharp, Legend and Boost.

Soft is said to focus on the comfort of the vehicle’s occupants, with projections on digital material screens and information displays reduced to a minimum. Sharp offers maximum connectivity for digital activities, such as using social media and arranging electronic calendars.

Legend is a manual cruising mode with a dashboard recalling the 504 Coupé’s three dials and a digitally-created wood effect display on various screens. And Boost is a manual performance mode, the road projected on a single, large screen.

in either of the autonomous modes, the interior layout changes. The steering wheel retracts under a sound bar to fully reveal a 49-inch central screen. The front seats recline for extra comfort and side armrests deploy automatically, also freeing up a large storage area and an induction charging area for such devices as smartphones.

Peugeot insists that the e-Legend is not just a technological exercise but a pointer to future production models. “This is the vision of a brand actively focused on an optimistic and ultra-desirable future,” says CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato.

“For Peugeot, autonomy and electric are synonymous with even stronger sensations – boredom will never be part of our DNA,” he adds.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.