The Peugeot 504 coupe was revealed in 1968 with handsome Pininfarina looks. 50 years later, Peugeot pays homage to the car with a new all-electric concept with retro styling
In 1968 made a bold move by taking its popular run-of-the-mill 504 saloon and creating pair of stylish lifestyle models. The 504 coupe and convertible were born out of a desire to create something more provocative, much like the French brand’s latest concept car. This Peugeot e-Legend celebrates 50 years of the 504 coupe and its head-turning looks.
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It’s certainly handsome. The Peugeot e-Legend concept car celebrates the traditions of three-box designs and their straight edges, unlike many of its contemporaries who are all starting to look a bit similar in the pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency. Clearly a modernisation of the 504, its DNA is clear to see with a heavily raked rear windscreen, strong shoulder line and protruding bumpers. There are some really nice retro touches on this concept including old-school Peugeot badging and blue velvet upholstery for the seats.
This all-electric concept car is due to make its debut at the 2018 Paris motor show and is said to feature a pair of electric motors capable of producing 456bhp and 590lb ft of torque. Provided that you don’t exercise its 0-62mph sprint of less than four seconds too often, Peugeot claims that the e-Legend will do 370-miles on a single charge.
As well as being an all-electric vehicle, this concept car is also autonomous with Level 4 “hands-off” driving capabilities. In other words, it can fully drive itself without any human input whatsoever, albeit within a controlled environment. However, for those times when you want to take control yourself, a small wheel deploys from the dashboard to give the driver control.
There’s a 49-inch curved screen integrated into the dashboard for everyone to enjoy while the car does the hard work of driving. Another hark back to the 504 era is the addition of the classic video game ‘Pong’ that was released at the same time as the original coupe.
The Peugeot e-Legend is just a concept car for now, but it would suggest that Peugeot are at least thinking about a new coupe — maybe based on the new 508. We hope it's as much a retro throwback as the e-Legend.