PEUGEOT today presented in London its’ updated 508 range. The latest model bears a revised grille which apparently sets the standard for the brands future models. Public launch of the new car is scheduled for August, simultaneously at the forthcoming Moscow and Chengdu Motor Shows, then at the Paris Motor Show, with sales starting in Europe from September.
Visually, the front of the vehicle bears the now obligatory signature of distinctive LED daylight running lights, in this instance a ‘comma’ on the Saloon and the SW, with ‘claws’ on the top-of-the-range hybrid models. Similarly, the rear lamps also bear a “claw” appearance.
Internally, the car has received a significant technical makeover, with a dashboard that now includes a 7” touch screen which groups together in an intuitive way most of the vehicles functionalities. As a result, the central panel now has fewer buttons, continuing the trend started by other manufacturers. A head-up display is also available, with driving and navigation information in colour, viewed in a retractable smoked viewing screen.
Trim materials are claimed to have been given a major upgrade as part of Peugeots drive to position their brand, and particularly the 508, much further upmarket.
Under the bonnet, the 508 also benefits from economical and efficient Euro 6 power units. These include a new petrol engine, the 1.6 litre THP 165 Stop & Start, matched to either a six-speed manual gearbox or the new EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox. The new engine reduces CO2 emissions to 131g/km with a 6-speed manual from 144g/km on the previous model.
A 2.0-litre diesel BlueHDi 150 6-speed manual, with CO2 emissions of just 105g/km is available for both Saloon and SW estate, and is the best in the segment for this level of engine power. A higher power 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 EAT6 is available in the saloon, with CO2 emissions of just 111g/km, again constituting a highly competitive combination of power and fuel consumption in the segment.
PEUGEOT’S HYbrid4 technology is also carried over to the Saloon and the RXH. The 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi Diesel engine combined with a 37bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels operate either alternately or together, in a way that is transparent for the user. The four selectable driving modes (ZEV, 4WD, Sport and Auto) provide the driver with exceptional ease of use and driving experience. Emissions levels of this package are 85g/km of CO2, with a combined fuel consumption of 85.6 mpg.
A raft of technology is available, either as standard or optional fitment, including keyless entry and sStarting, an automatic electric parking brake, automatic headlamp dipping, quad-zone automatic air conditioning, JBL badged sound system, blind spot sensors and a colour reversing camera. touch screen.
Unsurprisingly, the new 508 is also available with a new generation of connected services: PEUGEOT Connect Apps, accessed via the central touch screen. Subject to subscription, these will provide the driver with useful, live information including available parking spaces, fuel prices, traffic and weather information as well as tourist information from the Michelin Guide or TripAdvisor.
The suspension system has been specified to make the PEUGEOT 508 optimised for driving experience while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable to drive. Featuring double wishbones, decoupled hub front suspension (on the more powerful Diesel versions) or pseudo MacPherson (on other versions), and multi-link rear suspension, the new PEUGEOT 508 continues to offer an impressive combination of good ride comfort and road holding.
For power units, the range offers petrol and Diesel engines of the latest generation.
The new PEUGEOT 508 is produced at Rennes for the European market, and at Wuhan for China.