Peugeot e-Legend Concept revealed - Paris show car looks to the past and future

Peugeot’s Paris concept is a retro homage of the stunning 504 Coupe

Peugeot has been on a bit of a design roll lately. First there was the sharp 3008 SUV, then the sleek and attractive 508, and now, to be revealed at the Paris motor show early next month is this, the e-Legend Concept.

The e-Legend Concept clearly references one of Peugeot’s most successful design collaborations, when Italian design house Pininfarina turned the already attractive 504 into the stunning 504 Coupe and Convertible. It’s this specific model that Peugeot’s head of design, Gilles Vidal, used as inspiration in this latest concept, which is yet another example of the positive steps the marque has made since its dark days of design around the turn of the decade - 308 CC anyone?

> Click here for our preview of the upcoming Paris motor show

But rather than just being a homage to the past, the e-Legend concept also previews the future, giving us a glimpse into where the French marque sees the future of the sports car, even if it doesn't refer to a specific new model.

The e-Legend is peppered with expertly crafted detailing, most of which is pure concept car fantasy but some is more relevant than might first meet the eye. The nose veers away the fang-like graphic introduced on the 508 and soon to be seen on the next-gen 208, instead opening up into a single graphic, with quad headlights and the use of Peugeot’s historic badge.

The thin, delicate pillars again reference the 504 Coupe, with a subtle application of bright work and the same ‘detached’ C-pillars that appear separate from the rear glass. The extended boot lid and relatively tall greenhouse create a classic three-box silhouette, one that is slowly coming back into fashion as other manufacturers like Volvo also shy away from sloping rooflines and heavily raked rear screens.

At the rear, the three horizontal lighting units are typically Peugeot, something seen throughout the brand’s current and previous ranges. The surfacing itself is sharp where it needs to be, but still integrates a subtle curvature, especially prevalent around the subtly flared wheel arches.

Inside it’s pure concept car, with a massive screen stretching across the main dash and four teal velour seats contrasted against open pore timber and brass details. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout has been integrated too, albeit in a more flexible, movable design.

The reason for this flexibility is that despite its retro silhouette, the e-Legend features autonomous capability and an electric drivetrain, both of which are almost standard for motor show concept cars today. When an autonomous mode is selected, both the steering wheel and instrument panel retract into the seat, leaving a more spacious, open cabin.

It’s the e-Legend’s aesthetic that excites us most however, as although a production version of this car is a long shot, it does prove the confidence that Peugeot has in its own design heritage and capability right now. 

Recommended

Performance-orientated Peugeot Sport Engineered models for every model line
Peugeot Sport Engineered models
Peugeot

Performance-orientated Peugeot Sport Engineered models for every model line

Peugeot is going big with its new PSE line-up, with hot hybrids to spread across the range
14 Jan 2021
Peugeot Hybrid4 500kW Le Mans Hypercar class racer technical details revealed
Peugeot Sport Hybrid4 500kW - powertrain silhouette
Peugeot

Peugeot Hybrid4 500kW Le Mans Hypercar class racer technical details revealed

Peugeot Sport has developed an all-new all-wheel drive twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain for new racer
14 Dec 2020

Most Popular

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn
MAT Stratos – front tracking
Lancia

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn

It’s been a long time coming, but this Ferrari F430-based reimagining of the Lancia Stratos is finally here
11 Jun 2021
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?
Audi RS3 manufacturer spy 1
Audi RS3

2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

Audi Sport is putting the final touches on its new RS3 hot hatch and saloon
10 Jun 2021
Posaidon’s 217mph Mercedes-AMG E63 RS is faster than a Porsche 918 Spyder
Posaidon Mercedes-AMG E63
Mercedes E63 AMG

Posaidon’s 217mph Mercedes-AMG E63 RS is faster than a Porsche 918 Spyder

Three new Posaidon power upgrades are now available for Mercedes-AMG’s E63 S, bringing hypercar numbers to the four door supersaloon
9 Jun 2021
Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement mule spied – will it emulate the McLaren Artura?
Ferrari F171 spy 2021 – front
Ferrari

Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement mule spied – will it emulate the McLaren Artura?

Ferrari’s going hybrid and V6 for its next mid-engined supercar
9 Jun 2021
Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries begin – 1006bhp super saloon now reaching customers
Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries begin – 1006bhp super saloon now reaching customers

The long-awaited Tesla Model S Plaid has finally come to fruition, with first US examples hitting the road
11 Jun 2021
HKS in development of a supercharger kit for new 2021 Toyota GR 86
HKS Toyota GR 86
Toyota

HKS in development of a supercharger kit for new 2021 Toyota GR 86

Japanese tuner HKS is in development of a supercharger upgrade package for the new GR 86
9 Jun 2021
2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV
Alpina XD3 and XD4 2021 – header
Alpina XD3

2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV

The updates to the Alpina XD3 and XD4 are largely of the aesthetic kind, but more torque and new chassis calibrations are also part of the package
10 Jun 2021
2021 Maserati GranTurismo to go EV-only – IC option ditched
2021 Maserati GranTurismo spy – track
Maserati

2021 Maserati GranTurismo to go EV-only – IC option ditched

GranTurismo coupe and its soft-top GranCabrio sibling to be reborn later this year, but controversially without the proposed combustion alternative...…
11 Jun 2021
Cheap fast cars 2021 – the best budget performance cars on the market
Cheap fast cars 2021
used cars

Cheap fast cars 2021 – the best budget performance cars on the market

If you buy right and do your research, the cheap fast car is a wonderful thing. Here are our top picks between £1000 and £10,000
25 May 2021
2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competition pricing announced
2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competitions
BMW

2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competition pricing announced

Engine upgrades, a chassis recalibration and some striking new visuals for BMW’s hot midsize SUVs
11 Jun 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used car deals 11 June 21
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
11 Jun 2021
Best small cars 2021 – pocket rockets reviewed and rated
Best small cars 2021
Best cars

Best small cars 2021 – pocket rockets reviewed and rated

You don’t need 200bhp or more in a small hatchback to have fun – these ‘warm’ small cars are the proof
7 Jun 2021
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review

Latest Ghost gets a new platform, four-wheel steering and fresh looks, and continues to set the luxury saloon bar
5 Jun 2021
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport unveiled – elegant take on the record-breaking hypercar
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport unveiled – elegant take on the record-breaking hypercar

Chiron Super Sport to join the 300+ with a new focus on luxury and speed
8 Jun 2021