Peugeot has switched a 508 from tavern to a fastback bodystyle for a second generation, as a shred battles flourishing SUV sales.
The new 508, that is on uncover in Geneva, gets a new 5-door physique style, as good as styling subsequent from a Instinct sharpened stop concept, suggested during final year’s Geneva show.
A behind light bar with LED lights is taken true from a Instinct concept, and front-end styling draws from a car’s some-more assertive demeanour than a effusive 508.
The 508, before a staid-looking four-door saloon, is now a now a many some-more stylish bustle-backed five-door with frameless doors and “sharp and sculpted” lines. It is around 6cm reduce than many rivals in a class, and looks low and neat even yet it is about 8cm shorter overall.
The operation is surfaced by a 222bhp Puretech petrol-engined variant, nonetheless 6 petrol and diesel engines are accessible from launch, with a entry-level automobile removing a 1.5-litre 128bhp BlueHDi section – a usually 508 accessible with a primer gearbox. 2.0-litre 158bhp and 178bhp BlueHDi diesels also feature, as does a 2.0-litre 178bhp Puretech petrol.
The 508 is approaching to get a plug-in hybrid various post-launch, with a powertrain taken true from a 5008 plug-in, due after this year.
Other tech highlights embody a raft of motorist assistance systems, as good as an infra-red camera integrated into a car’s walking showing complement to assist in detecting pedestrians during night. Inside, a 508 gets Peugeot’s second-generation i-Cockpit system, with a 10in executive touchscreen and 12.3in TFT arrangement replacing required dials behind the steering wheel.
Where a prior 508 sales were roughly exclusively diesel, Peugeot expects a aloft petrol disposition for a new car around a 68/32 separate in foster of diesel is approaching by a brand.
The 508’s renovation is something of a warn pierce by Peugeot – a tavern marketplace continues to collapse due to a marketplace relocating to SUVs, while sales of a 508 have never surfaced a 140,0000 sole in France in 2010. Sales have depressed usually given then, with 82,000 sole in a car’s home marketplace final year.
With a renewed concentration on pattern and a uninformed physique style, a 508 outlines a commencement of a reaffirmation of PSA’s support of incomparable saloons, with sister code Citroën operative on a ‘luxurious’ tavern for launch in 2019 or 2020.
The car’s height stays a same – a PSA EMP2 height that underpins many of a company’s models, including a 3008 and 5008 SUVs, Vauxhall Grandland X, DS 7 Crossback and Citroën Picasso MPVs.
The fastback behind is also a depart from a required tavern predecessor, and increases foot ability from 473 litres to 485.
UK specs are prolonged from being confirmed, yet a cost boost of around £800 opposite a house will keep a 508’s pricing rival with rivals, nonetheless some trims will boost by reduction or some-more than this. Orders will open after this year, with initial deliveries sloping to take place before 2019.
Peugeot’s European trainer Maxim Picat cites CO2 as his biggest problem. He believes model range, costs, and prolongation issues are broadly in sync with association aspirations, yet a 2020 swift requirement for 95g/km is a tough one. Tougher for others than PSA though, he says. Believes they have a solutions, formed on ‘the four’ – petrol, diesel, EV and PHEV, and a coherence to switch.
Diesel direct forsaken 5% across Europe between 2016 and 2017, and there’s some-more to come. But 3-cylinder 1.2-litre variants is PSA’s defence opposite a misfortune of it. A 3-cylinder 508 will seem in late 2018 and ‘works brilliantly’.
Picat believes there’s a stability box for large saloons, saying research around 508 has found people who wish manufacturers to ‘give us behind the clarity of style’. The reported upcoming Citroen tavern is ‘definite’ yet Picat couldn’t be more specific than ‘around 2020’.
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