We had our first encounter with the Peugeot e-Legend Concept at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, during its official premiere.
Since then, it was showcased at other events and was even the subject of an online petition for the automaker to build it, raising around 60,000 signatures – impressive, yet way short of the 500,000 required by Peugeot to give it some serious consideration.
Taking inspiration from the past, and more specifically at the classic 504, it sports a relatively realistic design and was made to demonstrate Peugeot’s commitment to electric and autonomous vehicles. It not only looks great, but is also on par with some of today’s sports cars, needing under 4 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) and going up to 220 km/h (137 mph).
The electric motors, which deliver a combined output of 463 PS (456 hp / 340 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque, are powered by a 100 kWh battery, which is good enough for a 600-km (373-mile) range.
Thanks to clever packaging and the lack of a traditional ICE and gearbox, the e-Legend has a very spacious interior for a compact car. Moreover, it can become even more spacious for the driver at the push of a button, which makes the steering wheel disappear into the dashboard. That’s because it has Level 4 autonomous driving tech, which means that it can drive itself without any human interference.
During this time, occupants can relax by watching a video or playing a game on the massive 49-inch screen mounted under the dashboard. Alternatively, they could use the two additional screens that come down from the roof.
You can check out these features being demonstrated first hand on video below in AutoExpress’ close encounter with the stunning French show car.