Peugeot Le Camáro Mustángue
You can tell as a global car that the Ford Mustang has made inroads in Europe, and the Europeans like what Ford has given them. This is Peugeot’s answer to that. Peugeot unveils a muscle pony electric car one month ahead of the Paris Auto Show. The e-LEGEND concept’s silhouette is unmistakably American muscle with some harkening to the 504 to maintain its French royal pedigree, a reminder that some American peerage and pedigree is of European immigrants and ancestry. There is no doubt that this car is aiming right at the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang for both shamefully quite frankly, not having a full electric variant that neither has any foreseeable plans to make. Peugeot seems willing to fill in that gap, even autonomously. Regardless, keeping in mind the French are still our allies, America’s first in fact, and that this is only a concept to get juices flowing, and to avoid an arm race in the horsepower world, they demur specs for the cause of detenté.
- All-wheel-drive electric powertrain 340 kW battery pack
- 0 to 100 km/h “in less than 4 secs” Maximum speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).
- Supercharging: “add 500 km of range in 25 minutes.”
- They’d like to offer induction charging for tray.
- Steering wheel retracts under sound bar for the 49-inch screen.
- Front seats fully recline.
- Side armrests deploy automatically, freeing up a large storage area and an induction charging area for smartphones.
- Main controls remain accessible via the centre console integrated in the driver's seat.
- The occupants can then enjoy their hobby, a game, or a film either in the curved central screen or in each screen built into the sun visors.
Two autonomous modes:
- SOFT: favours the comfort of the occupants. Projection on digital material screens and information display reduced to a minimum. SHARP: accurate and dynamic vehicle typing. Maximum connection to digital activities possible (social networks, schedule, etc...
Two manual modes:
- LEGEND: cruising mode with recall of the three 504 Coupé dials and display of digitallyprocessed wood on the different screens,
- BOOST: dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to the powerful electric motor. 180° immersion with projection of the road on a single large screen.
- In partnership with SOUNDHOUND Inc.®, a leader in artificial intelligence technologies, PEUGEOT eLEGEND CONCEPT offers a voice-activated personal assistant suitable for autonomous driving. In a simple sentence, the driver can change their driving style, listen to their favourite playlist or even open or close the electrified doors of the vehicle.
- The upper parts and doorways are made from Paldao wood by our partner HERVET MANUFACTURIER®. Made from renewable forests, this exotic wood is very reminiscent of the furniture of the 60s in rosewood or ebony.
- The PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT’s dimensions are (in mm):
- Length: 4650,
- Width: 1930,
- Height: 1370,
- Wheelbase: 2690.
- Wheels: 19-inch diameter rims and MICHELIN® tyres.
This car looks like a French cosmopolitan who’s been spending some serious time in a Venice gym; California American, not Italian. With a rear that’s muscularly and angularly gaited wide as if it’s been doing squats, with a short rear deck as of its been doing deadlifts, and a long hooded bonnet as if it’s all natural, not on steroids (wink), and with tight angular lines, apparently all are designed to accommodate horse power and handling in an American style two door coupe configuration. The only other international flavor I might be possibly tasting from this car is possibly a bit of 1970’s Toyota Celica, another coupe that tried in a small way to complement the Mustangs at the time without the V8 power. The tail light array reminds me of a cross breeding between Celica and Mustang. But for this, one would almost swear this car was imported from Detroit, via LeMans, or Monte Carlo. Víva la Fránce!
That’s the outside of the car. If you don’t see how this car is American inspired, then you need to take a look at the inside to dispel your denial. One of the first things you’ll notice to laugh is how with the Italians, only the French, the emperors of fashion design, can take such a gawdy fabric as early 1970’s velvet for the seats, and style them in such a way that strangely makes them tastefully done. It’s almost as if they’re making fun of us to flip velvet around to tell us in that endearing French accent, “See? This is how velvet should be done!”
The other thing that grabs your attention inside, if you know anything about American pony cars, is how the curved and angled downward and forward dash looks like it was inspired from the 1960’s Camaros, including the gigantic dual screened instrument pods in front of the driver that reads onboard info like speed, fuel, voltmeter, tachometer, and oil. The steering wheel autonomously retracts, and when it does it emboldenly becomes a completely different dashboard to remind the occupants that unlike American muscle pony, this Euro pony can exert power without coaxing or assistance from the driver.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot, said about the car:
“Peugeot e-LEGEND concept is not just a technological manifesto. This is the vision of a brand, PEUGEOT, actively focused on an optimistic and ultra-desirable future. For Peugeot, autonomous and electric are synonymous with even stronger sensations. Boredom will never be part of our DNA.”
Put Your Money Where Your Specs and Mouth Is! Nah!
Since the Mercedes EQC 200 mile range disaster earlier this month at its launch, and the assault by the automotive press as a result of it, including by this reporter, understandably the European car maker community has been coy, to put it politely, in revealing electric range in some cases horsepower specs.
What Peugeot did was frankly skirt around the issue by addressing it by way of how they’d like their muscle car to supercharge: to “add 500 km of range in 25 minutes.”
e-LEGEND debuts about a month from now at the Paris Auto Show. No plans for production, no comment from Ford or Chevrolet.
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