Here’s why the Peugeot e-Legend is cool

Peugeot design boss explains the 504-inspired, 450bhp EV

“It reveals that an autonomous vehicle doesn’t need to be a neutral design,” states Gilles Vidal, design principal at Peugeot of his Paris Program concept, the e-Legend. By ‘not neutral’ he means that a vehicle can still look like an actual cars and truck. Not some other-unrelated-object-on-wheels.

The automobile in question is the lovely early-1970s Peugeot 504 sports car, a Pininfarina design from their golden age. “The e-Legend isn’t retro. You might recognise the shape, but the kind language and also details are modern-day,” states Vidal.

We tentatively put it to him that to find the 504 within the e-Legend at all, you probably require to be of a certain age and level of Francophilia. It’s hardly the best-known classic in the world. Refreshingly, he candidly concurs. “Yes, the 504 is not an icon, not like state the Mini. We just picked it due to the fact that it takes place to be half a century old this year.”

The 504 information certain are instead charming though. There’s ultra-70s velour furniture (you wan na put on flares, guy) as well as those (groovy) head restrictions that pull back right into the seat backs. Timber as well. Vidal mentions exactly how some of the screens, when they’re not needed to communicate details, default to simulated wood screensavers. ‘Digital timber,’ he calls it.

” We are looking at exactly how much we can press the concept that in the future we can still make use of emotional typical products.”

The e-Legend has a dashboard that does a great somersault to withdraw the steering wheel for auto driving or present it when you wish to have your very own fun. In quest of that fun, you have actually 450 electric equines, driving through all 4 wheels.

Look, it’s a concept, right? They can offer what power numbers they like. However at least Peugeot and also the other firms in the Team are actually placing some electrified vehicles into production from this show– plug-in hybrid 508, DS 7 and also C5 Aircross, plus a pure-electric DS 3 Crossback.

We discuss to Vidal the concept’s super-elegant slim columns and also glassy cabin. The e-Legend is meant to be capable of autonomous driving. Does that mean we ‘d no more require today’s thick safety cells? “Well, when 100 per cent of autos are autonomous after that we could get rid of the heavy structures. However up until then a person could constantly collapse into you.” Not that realistic after that …

Still, lovely car. What do you believe TG commenters? Do you have to be middle-aged to appreciate it?