Peugeot unveils electric concept and plug-in hybrid engine family

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Peugeot will debut an autonomous, electric, connected concept at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The e-Legend Concept boasts retro-inspired styling and four driving modes – two autonomous and two manual.

“Peugeot e-Legend Concept is not just a technological manifesto,” says Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot CEO. “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 two autonomous modes will be: Soft, which focuses on the comfort of the vehicle’s occupants, with projection on digital material screens and information displays reduced to a minimum; and Sharp, which features maximum connectivity for digital activities, such as engaging on social networks, arranging electronic calendars and so on.

The two manual modes will be: Legend, a cruising mode with dashboard inspired by the iconic 504 Coupé’s three dials and a digitally created wood effect display on various screens; and Boost, which offers more dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to a powerful electric engine and 180° immersion for the driver, with projection of the road on a single, large screen.

Peugeot unveils electric concept and plug-in hybrid engine familyThe e-Legend Concept is powered by an all-electric power train, with the 100kWh batteries producing 800Nm torque and 340kW of power, distributed to the four-wheel drive. This level of performance will offer a 0-100km/h sprint in less than 4 seconds and a maximum speed of 220km/h. The range is 600km according to the WLTP protocol, of which 500km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. The concept will offer induction charging.

For the shorter term future, Peugeot has unveiled a plug-in hybrid powertrain family for the 3008, and the new 508 and 508 SW models. The new Hybrid and Hybrid4 powertrains are fitted with a high-voltage lithium-ion battery (with a capacity between 11.8kWh and 13.2kWh) which offers up to 50km of all-electric range on a single charge.

Energy conservation is further enhanced through features such as i-Booster, a braking system that conserves power as the car brakes or decelerates; and e-Save, which enables drivers to reserve electric energy for planned routes.

The 508 Hybrid and 508 SW Hybrid pair the PureTech 182ps/132kW engine with a 111ps/80kW electric motor for a combined maximum power of 228ps/165kW and CO₂ emissions of less than 49g/km.

The 3008 SUV will be equipped with the Hybrid4 system, which offers four-wheel drive with multi-link rear suspension; is equipped with a 111ps/80kW inverter; and produces a combined output of 304ps/220kW thanks to a 202ps/147kW PureTech engine and two electric motors (one at the front and the second at the rear), each providing 11ps/80kW.

The 3008 SUV will achieve 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds. Battery capacity is 13.2kWh for an all-electric range of 50km on WLTP.

Peugeot unveils electric concept and plug-in hybrid engine family

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