Peugeot's New 508 Sedan Looks Tres Chic
22 February 2018 - motor1
The French car maker has revealed details of its flagship sedan, now looking sportier than ever.
It's been a long time since the Peugeot 508 was first unveiled in 2011, but the company has just pulled the wraps off an all-new second-generation version of the sedan that will certainly cause many to have a second think about getting a zombie lion on their next new car.
The new 508 will officially be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks, but clearly the French car maker couldn't wait to show the world its new car, which is keen to remind everyone that SUVs aren't going to have it easy.
Bucking the trend of ever-bigger cars, the new 508 is 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) lower and 80 mm (3.1 in) shorter than before, while gaining 20 mm (0.8 in) in width.
The new sedan certainly looks sharp, with a distinctive grille design, aggressive front and rear lights and frameless doors that speak of ambitions to be more than a merely middle-of-the-road car.
Trunk space has been increased by 14 liters to 487, and practicality improved thanks to a better opening. The rear seats fold to create a cavernous 1,537-liter load space.
There's no escaping the i-Cockpit, which Peugeot has stuck with and now introduced across the whole of its range. The small steering wheel and high-mounted instrument panel has divided opinion, but the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 10-inch centrally mounted touchscreen are certainly distinctive.
Ambient lighting and massage seats are a fancy touch, as well as the range of interior finishes available in leather, Alcantara and real wood.
There's one gasoline engine available at launch in two power ratings – the 1.6-liter unit comes with 177 horsepower and 217 hp ratings and can be specced with an eight-speed auto transmission. There are two BlueHDi diesel engines available in 1.5-liter and 2-liter guises. The diesel engines come with 128 hp, 158 hp, and 177 hp power outputs and either six-speed manual or the aforementioned eight-speed automatics. Peugeot claims a weight loss between generations of around 70 kilograms (154 pounds), which will boost economy. A plug-in hybrid version of the car arrives in 2019.
The new Peugeot 508 is equipped with a wide range of driving assistance technologies, from emergency automatic braking and adaptive cruise control to lane holding, automatic main beam switching and sign recognition. The new 508 can even be ordered with a night vision system.
The new car is set to be officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks and will go on sale in Europe later this year. Prices are yet to be announced.