PEUGEOT looked to the past for inspiration for its 100% autonomous, electric and connected vehicle, the e-LEGEND, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.
Adopting a realistic and yet radically modern template, the e-LEGEND CONCEPT still carries the DNA of the PEUGEOT brand and exudes elegance and rich heritage.
As the automotive industry undergoes the transition in energy and fuel types, PEUGEOT is tackling the technological challenge head-on, whilst adhering to its philosophy that the technology of the future should exist to deliver driving pleasure for its users.
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 PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT is powered by a 100% electric power train, with the 100 kWh batteries reaching 800 Nm torque and 340 Kw power, distributed to the four-wheel drive. This level of performance makes it possible to travel 0/100 km/h in less than 4s and reach a maximum speed of 220Km/h (137 mph). The range is 600 km (373 miles) according to the WLTP protocol, of which 500 km (310 miles) are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT cultivates the zero technological constraint mind-set by offering induction charging.
The PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT offers four modes of driving – two autonomous and two manual – which can be selected depending on the road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s preference.
Two autonomous modes:
– SOFT – focuses on the comfort of the vehicle’s occupants, with projection on digital material screens and information displays reduced to a minimum
– SHARP – features maximum connectivity for digital activities, such as engaging on social networks, arranging electronic calendars etc.
Two manual modes:
– LEGEND – cruising mode with dashboard reflective of the iconic 504 Coupé’s three dials and a digitally-created wood effect display on various screens
– BOOST – more dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to a powerful electric engine and 180-degree immersion for the driver, with projection of the road on a single, large screen
When the e-LEGEND CONCEPT is in either of the autonomous modes, the interior configuration changes, with the steering wheel retracting under the sound bar 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 an induction charging area for smartphones and other devices.
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 intuitively usable environment in which to pursue other activities.
Aude Brille, Head of PEUGEOT Strategy, said: “With PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT, for us it’s about intensifying and refining the experience of 100% autonomy, electric and connectivity. The Responsive i- Cockpit is enhanced to offer its guests immersive driving specifically customised for each of the four driving modes available.”
The immersive nature of the vehicle is also enhanced by a partnership with AI technology company, SOUNDHOUND Inc., which offers a voice-activated personal assistant suitable for autonomous driving. Using this, the driver can change the driving style of the car, listen to music or even 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.
Meanwhile, PEUGEOT’s existing audio partner, FOCAL, offers acoustic architecture to ensure optimal sound diffusion. This allows, for example, the driver to input navigation voice commands while the other occupants of the car listen to music, or places each individual occupant in their own ‘sound bubble’, meaning they can each listen to different things without affecting the others.