The Peugeot 508 is a fastback saloon now
Good companies like to incorporate innovation in their products to maintain the interest of people and to stay competitive. The second generation of the Peugeot 508 is a little different than the first one – Peugeot has now changed the vehicle from a saloon to a fastback car. The car has a 5-door body style and the styling of the vehicle looks to be derived from the Instinct shooting brake concept, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
The new Peugeot 508 has an aggressive front look as compared to its predecessor’s outgoing style. The rear light bar with LEDs is also from the Instinct shooting brake concept. The doors on the new car are stylish and frameless. In addition to that, they have sharp and sculpted lines. The range of the vehicle models differ, depending on the engine and are topped by a 222 bhp Puretech petrol engine. There is a plug-in hybrid variant also expected to be released after the release of the vehicle.
The 508 is expected to get a plug-in hybrid variant post-launch, with the powertrain taken straight from the 5008 plug-in, due later this year.
Other tech highlights include a raft of driver assistance systems, as well as an infra-red camera integrated into the car’s pedestrian detection system to aid in detecting pedestrians at night. Inside, the 508 gets Peugeot’s second-generation i-Cockpit system, with a 10in central touchscreen and 12.3in TFT display replacing conventional dials behind the steering wheel.
Where the previous 508 sales were almost exclusively diesel, Peugeot expects a higher petrol bias for the new car around a 68/32 split in favor of diesel is expected by the brand.
The 508’s renewal is something of a surprise move by Peugeot - the saloon market continues to dwindle due to the market moving to SUVs, while sales of the 508 have never topped the 140,0000 sold in France in 2010. Sales have fallen steadily since then, with 82,000 sold in the car’s home market last year.
With a renewed focus on design and a fresh body style, the 508 marks the beginning of a reaffirmation of PSA’s support of larger saloons, with sister brand Citroën working on a ‘luxurious’ saloon for launch in 2019 or 2020.
The car’s platform remains the same - the PSA EMP2 platform which underpins many of the company’s models, including the 3008 and 5008 SUVs, Vauxhall Grandland X, DS 7 Crossback and Citroën Picasso MPVs.
Author: Jimi Beckwith
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