Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the first details about the New Peugeot 508 have been released. Expected to arrive in UK showrooms around Autumn 2018 (though no official date has been released yet), this new model is being described as a five-door fastback and is a step away from the traditional family saloon that the Peugeot 508 has always been.
It seems a greater focus has been placed on quality, with a sleeker style more reminiscent of a sports car or the Instinct concept rather than a practical family vehicle. Presumably aiming to position itself as the manufacturer’s more luxurious, flagship vehicle, here’s what we know and can expect from the latest Peugeot 508.
The Fastback Style
The most striking thing about the New Peugeot 508 is its fresh fastback style. In the initial images released, its exterior has something of a coupe profile without sloping too low at the rear, allowing for plenty of headroom while maintaining a sporty, modern appearance so it can compete with rivals on the market. Frameless doors, alloy wheels and sharp windows along with the mean-looking grille, narrow headlights and claw-effect rear lights create a unique and stunning appearance.
No expense is spared in the cabin either, with much of the interior inspired by the Exalt concept car now turned into reality. The stepped horizontal dashboard is bedecked in wood with a metallic trim across the driver’s side and a compact, leather steering wheel. If anything, the interior looks like it could somehow trump the exterior.
In terms of size, the New Peugeot 508 is only 1.4m high and 80mm shorter than the outgoing Peugeot 508. However, it remains spacious and practical with a 487-litre boot that still makes it ideal for families.
Efficient Engines and Performance
Six efficient petrol and diesel engines will be available with this Peugeot 508 fastback model at launch. The most powerful option will be a turbocharged 222 bhp 1.6-litre petrol which will be similar to that found in the Peugeot 208 GTI, with a 177bhp model available too. With the diesels there should be 1.5 and 2.0-litre options with options including 128, 158 and 177bhp.
In autumn 2019 a plug-in hybrid is expected to join the roster, using the base of the 177bhp 1.6-litre petrol and combining this with a rear electric motor under the boot floor. Peugeot claims it aims to make the body as stiff as possible to allow for a precise drive, fewer vibrations and movements when on the road, which these engines should provide.
Expect the Latest Technology
Peugeot has had a big push to introduce modern technology into its vehicles and the i-Cockpit is present in the New Peugeot 508 as well. This includes a 10-inch touchscreen that’s angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. Below the infotainment screen some sleek piano key switches make using the device simple too. The top spec models feature a vertical LED light signature hanging down as well.
No date has been named yet for when the New Peugeot 508 will go on sale, but you can register your interest here at Robins and Day in the New Peugeot 508 Fastback. An estate model is expected to be announced later on in the year, but this looks to signal a successful comeback for Peugeot saloons.