Peugeot reveals e-Legend tech details

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Words: Nile Bijoux
27 Jun 2019

Peugeot has dived a bit deeper into the tech behind its e-Legend concept in a recent interview.

The e-Legend is a concept that debuted back at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, intended to show Peugeot’s commitment to electric and autonomous technology. Styling is inspired by the 504 Coupe of yesteryear.

While Philippe-Emmanuel Jean, Peugeot’s brand planning manager, doesn’t think the e-Legend will make production, much of the design and technology will appear on future models.

Speaking of technology, the powertrain uses a 100kWh battery with a range of nearly 600km to supply two electric motors, one on each axle. They produce a combined 340kW and can propel the car to 100km/h in less than four seconds.

While most concepts are non-runners, just static displays for motorshows, Peugeot says the e-Legend is fully operational. To open the door, you touch your finger on the B-pillar. Inside is a mass of blue velour and digital displays to show off Peugeot’s electrical expertise. There’s a central touchpad between the front seats that essentially controls the whole car, including its Level 4 autonomous abilities.

Engaging the autonomous mode sees the entire dash rise up and absorb the steering wheel, while the pedals recede into the floor. When everything is stowed, a massive 47-inch display found in the cavernous footwells can be seen, where the driver and passengers can watch a movie while the car does the driving. There are more displays found in the sun visors too.

While the e-Legend likely won’t make it to production, as Jean said, the technology it champions will eventually trickle into the more vanilla Peugeot models.

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