e-Legend Concept presented at 2018 Paris Motor Show

Shaimaa Raafat
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Peugeot reveals the e-Legend Concept, this exciting vision of the future of driving pleasure takes the form of a desirable and iconic vehicle. By adopting a realistic and radically modern template, this projection into the future of the automobile magnifies the genes and the elegance of the heritage of the Peugeot brand.

Peugeot actively focused on an optimistic and ultra-desirable future. For Peugeot autonomous and electric are synonymous with even stronger sensations. Boredom will never be part of the company’s DNA.

Moreover, Peugeot calmly approaches that of the energy transition with the conviction that technology is always at the service of automotive pleasure.

An exciting future is a future that gives you the choice over the silhouette, the type of propulsion or driving. New territories to clear, new challenges to face, the adventure of the Peugeot brand continues! With the promise to include the requirement, the look, and the emotion in each of our cars always upheld and renewed.

The embodiment of this vision is e-Legend Concept! A real object of desire that promotes the freedom of movement and offers the choice between a never-ending choice of pleasures: #UNBORING THE FUTURE.

Depending on the type of road traffic or the state of mind of the driver, Peugeot e-Legend Concept offers four modes of driving.

An athletic and sensual look

To frame its technological vision, Peugeot e-Legend Concept draws on the heritage of the brand. Wink, reinterpreting the great style themes of a fun vehicle, the 504 Coupé:

A light, athletic, sharp, and sensual silhouette, and a cabin, arched towards the rear suspension, with large glazed parts.

At the front, the look of the vehicle is identifiable thanks to a visual signature with three claws and two double modules. The technical area is located under the projectors; it includes all the functions of driving aids. The entire front mask is encased in the front wings and split in two by a black aluminium beam, a legacy of chrome-plated stainless steel bumpers.

At the back, the iconic visual signature of the Peugeot range is also three claws and treated in a very technological way. The third brake light, located at the top of the rear window, covers its full width with a multi-blade assembly that reflects itself.

The flanks are treated in three distinct layers, in particular, an extension of the technical platform in the lower part and a large glazed area, inspired by the sheet metal/glass ratio of the Peugeot 504 Coupé. These large glazed surfaces flood the interior of Peugeot e-Legend Concept with a beautiful light. The wheel arches are carved in negative and the one at the front includes an air passage. It is emphasized by a metal arch surrounding the side windows and magnifying a rear windscreen encased and faceted. Visible from the outside under the rear quarter windscreen, a screen displays a personalised greeting and the charge level to its user before departure. It also warns people outside that the car is driving in autonomous mode. The touch-opening door control is skilfully concealed in the side window.

The body is a shade of grey subtly tinted with champagne, extremely tense. Depending on the outside light, the colour changes from chrome reflecting its entire environment to a polished bronze metal look. The process used is similar to that applied to the bottles of the largest perfumers.

100% electric power chain

Perfectly incorporated into a realistic vision of the brand’s energy transition, Peugeot e-Legend Concept is powered by a 100% electric power train. With 100 kWh batteries, the engine reaches 800 Nm torque and 340 kW power distributed to the four-wheel drive. This level of performance makes it possible to travel 0/100 kmh in less than 4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 220 kmh. The range is 600 km according to the WLTP protocol, of which 500 km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. Peugeot e-Legend Concept cultivates the zero technological constraint mindset by offering induction charging.

Two autonomous modes:

Soft: favours the comfort of the occupants. Projection on digital material screens and information display reduced to a minimum,

Sharp: accurate and dynamic vehicle typing. Maximum connection to digital activities possible (social networks, schedule, etc…).

In autonomous mode, the Peugeot e-Legend Concept interior configuration adapts: thanks to the by wire steering technology, the steering wheel retracts under the sound bar in order to fully clear the 49-inch screen, the front seats recline, the side armrests deploy automatically, freeing up a large storage area and an induction charging area for smartphones, the main controls remain accessible via the centre console integrated in the driver’s seat.

The occupants can then enjoy their favourite hobbies: play the integrated video game or watch a film either in the curved central screen or in each screen built into the sun visors.

Two manual modes:

Legend: cruising mode with recall of the three 504 Coupé dials and display of digitally-processed wood on the different screens, Boost: dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to the powerful electric motor, 180° immersion with projection of the road on a single large screen.

In partnership with SoundHound Inc, a leader in artificial intelligence technologies, Peugeot e-Legend Concept offers a voice-activated personal assistant suitable for autonomous driving. In a simple sentence, the driver can change their driving style, listen to their favourite playlist or even open or close the electrified doors of the vehicle. The system responds with Gilles Vidal’s digitised voice (Style director Peugeot) and it includes 17 languages! A version adapted to our production vehicles will be available in Peugeot brand products within two years.

Whatever the source, a Focal® acoustic architecture ensures optimal sound diffusion. Heralding the future of embedded sound, the system implemented in Peugeot e-Legend Concept is specifically designed to offer two new unprecedented sound functions: the “mapping”, which makes it possible to send the navigation messages to the driver only for example, while the other occupants listen to music, the “zoning”, which allows for the total individualisation of the contents, placing each passenger in their sound bubble without mutual nuisance.

Immersive and warm sensation

One goal: to feel good about your vehicle whatever the driving style, just like your environment and a subtle juxtaposition of highly technological elements and noble materials.

Spread throughout the interior, the digital material (or digital interpretation of real materials) is divided into two major themes: bronze-like line networks or networks of lines imitating cabinetmaking wood. It broadcasts on 16 screens of different sizes, for example: 49 inches curved under the front helm to the occupants, 29 inches in the doors or 12 inches in each sun visor. Digital materials have been the subject of in-depth reflection to fit perfectly and blend into the passenger compartment. The centre console provides access to the main driving controls through a rotary control and a 6-inch touch screen. To the left of the steering wheel, a digital toggle bar is composed of contextual and configurable commands depending on the driving mode.

The design of the H seats and the vertical padding are inspired by the Peugeot 504 Coupé: more volume with the most compact dimensions possible, comfort fit combining ease and stimulating support thanks to the use of shape memory foams (like a tailored suit). The headrests are crossing, adjustable or fully retractable and integrated into the seat.

The Peugeot Responsive i-Cockpit® capitalises on the Peugeot i-Cockpit® that characterises the models of the brand. It includes a headset with three dials and an ultra compact steering wheel.

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