Peugeot recently unveiled their latest D-segment proposition, the 508. The French manufacturer claims that the new model boasts “a radical new aerodynamic design” and “combines a bold new low coupé design with the enhanced practicality of five doors”.
After a peek at the pictures, I can confirm that the 508 seems lovely. The new ‘fastback’ design gives the car a long, sleek and sporty look. Supposedly, Peugeot took inspiration from a sports coupé when creating this car which prompted the inclusion of sharp side windows, frameless doors and chunky alloy wheels.
This latest 508 will come with 487-litres of boot space, which is 14-litres more than its predecessor, and 7-litres more than the current Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series Saloons. And for extra design brownie points, Peugeot have included full LED ‘claw-effect’ rear lights.
Peugeot hasn’t confirmed engine specifications for the new 508 yet, but they have revealed that there will be a range of “six highly efficient petrol and diesel engine/transmission combinations”. You can expect the smallest engine to deliver 130hp and the largest to produce 225hp.
Following the success of their latest SUV offerings – e.g. Peugeot 2008, 3008 and 5008 – the French automaker has a renewed sense of ambition. Here is what CEO of Peugeot, Jean-Philippe Imparato, had to say:
“The all-new Peugeot 508 is finally here. After the success of our latest high profile launches and our SUV offensive with the multi-award winning Peugeot 2008 SUV, 3008 SUV and all-new 5008 SUV, with the all-new Peugeot 508 we carry the exact same ambition; to shake up the market with an outstanding new car that can compete with the best. And, for the D-segment, we are talking about the best car manufacturers in the world. The all-new Peugeot 508 is a perfect example of the ambition that we embody in everything that we do; continuing to establish Peugeot as the best ‘high-end generalist’ car manufacturer in the market.”
The interior of the new 508, named ‘i-Cockpit’, features a full grain leather trimmed steering wheel, a large 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. It also comes with various driver assistance systems, including night vision which uses an infrared camera to help detect pedestrians at night.
The all-new Peugeot 508 will be revealed to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be available to order from summer 2018.