PEUGEOT UNVEILS VISION OF FUTURE WITH e-LEGEND CONCEPT

Thursday, 20 September 2018

  • Autonomous, all-electric and fully-connected concept car to be revealed at Paris Motor Show
  • New concept vehicle features four driving modes – two autonomous and two manual
  • Styling and technology offer a glimpse into the future whilst retaining PEUGEOT style and heritage DNA

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 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 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.

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. 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 mind-set by offering induction charging.

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PEUGEOT

Since 1810 PEUGEOT has been producing durable products of excellence, since 1858 all are branded with the Lion logo – chosen to demonstrate strength, suppleness and swiftness to personify the durability of its products. As one of the earliest automotive producers, the PEUGEOT brand can trace its roots back to 1889 when it began producing automobiles and since then over 65 million vehicles have been produced, advancing technology with style and efficiency to enhance the customer experience. PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries, has 10,000 franchised Dealerships and is recognised the world over for the quality and design excellence of its products.

PEUGEOT UK

The UK is the third largest market for PEUGEOT with its UK Headquarters located in Coventry. The UK car line-up includes the 108, 208, 308, 2008 SUV, 3008 SUV, all-New 5008 SUV and all-new 508 supplemented by people-carriers and a van range that includes the Partner, Expert and Boxer. The standard car and van line-up is supported by Electric Vehicles. The range includes the iOn and the Electric version of their most popular small van, the Partner Electric.

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PEUGEOT UK COMMUNICATIONS Contacts

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