Peugeot's self-driving all-electric muscle car will make the future "non-boring"
The e-Legend concept is based on the 504 coupé.
Peugeot has revealed a retro-styled, self-driving all-electric muscle car which it claims will contribute towards the creation of a "non-boring future". The e-Legend, which will be unveiled in full at the Paris Motor Show next month, is based on the relatively modest 1968 504 coupé but has hints of Mustang in its looks and is much more than meets the eye.
The e-Legend will have not one but two self-driving modes. Drivers can, if they wish, tuck the steering wheel away under the mighty speaker system, recline their seat all the way back and then watch the film or programme of their choice on the ginormous 49-inch TV screen. Not a bad way to commute, although one can't help thinking that such a big screen in a relatively small car must be rather like sitting in the front row at the cinema.
That's all well and good, but this is just one of the many recent self-driving electric concepts that will never see the light of day, to be filed away in the pages of automotive history along with the Mercedes Vision URBANETIC and the Renault EZ-PRO. Right?
Wrong. Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said: "The 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.”
In an apparently sincere effort to repel the dreaded boredom, in addition to its two autonomous modes the e-Legend will also have two manual driving modes, one of which allows the driver to avoid that pesky nonsense of having to look out of the windscreen, instead projecting an image of the road ahead onto that colossal TV screen.
Range is always a big talking point on electric car concepts. The e-Legend's Goldilocks figure of 370 miles is low enough to be realistic but also high enough to place it firmly in competition with the likes of Tesla. It will also have all-wheel-drive and will reportedly do 0-60mph in under four seconds, which is not unimpressive.
Referring to the Instinct, Peugeot's last autonomous concept, the company's head of design Gilles Vidal was keen to point out the "contrast" between the two cars when he spoke to Autocar about the e-Legend. He highlighted the similarities with the 504 coupé, which is over fifty years old. "That took the shape of a future-orientated machine," he says.
"We wanted to push that logic further, and talk about a non-boring future in which we don’t have to have slow-looking cars that are sleek and minimalistic. Humans are emotional animals, so let’s have exciting things.”
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