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 gets a new 5-door physique style, as good as styling subsequent from a Instinct sharpened stop concept, suggested during final year’s Geneva engine show.
A back 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 back 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, though 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.
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