Peugeot will unveil its vision for the future of mobility at this year’s Paris Motor Show (Oct 4-14) – a 100% autonomous, electric and connected vehicle called the e-Legend Concept. Adopting a realistic and yet radically modern template, the e-Legend still carries the DNA of the Peugeot brand and exudes elegance and rich heritage.
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.
The two autonomous modes are Soft, which focuses on the comfort of the vehicle’s occupants, with projection on digital material screens and information displays reduced to a minimum, and Sharp, which features maximum connectivity for digital activities, such as engaging on social networks, arranging electronic calendars etc.
The two manual modes are Legend, which is a cruising mode with the dashboard reflective of the iconic 504 Coupé’s three dials and a digitally created wood effect display on various screen, and Boost, which provides 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.
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The fully autonomous capabilities of the vehicle are designed to give drivers more time to themselves, with Peugeot’a acclaimed i- Cockpit offering a comfortable and intuitively usable environment in which to pursue other activities.
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.
The Peugeot e-Legend Concept is powered by a 100% electric power train, with the 100kWh batteries reaching 800Nm torque and 340kW power, distributed to the four-wheel-drive. This level of performance makes it possible to travel 0-to-100km/h in less than 4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 220km/h. The range is 600km according to the WLTP protocol, of which 500km is accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. The concept car also cultivates the zero technological constraint mind-set by offering induction charging.