Peugeot will take the wraps off the new version of its Mondeo-rivalling 508 range later this year. The most obvious change is the new nose, which gives the 508 a face more in-keeping with the rest of Peugeot’s ’08 range and gives it a more upmarket look.
Central to the new look – though not literally – are the front lamps, which use LED’s for the headlights, daytime running lights, indicators and fog lights. The new front is applied to all three 508 bodystyles; saloon, SW estate and RXH crossover.
The new 508 comes with a brand-new engine line-up. The lone petrol option is a 1.6-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder unit with 165bhp, 9bhp more than the old version. Despite the power gain, Co2 emissions drop from 144g/km to 131g/km with the six-speed manual gearbox. Pug’s new six-speed EAT6 auto ‘box is an option.
On the diesel front, the 2.0-litre BlueHDi motor is available in two states on tune; 150bhp with a six-cog manual (105g/km) and 180bhp with EAT6 (111g/km). The Hybrid4 drivetrain remains an option in the saloon and the only option in RXH. Both use a 163bhp HDi diesel engine powering the front wheels and a 37bhp electric motor powering the rears. Despite the 200bhp on offer, the Hybrid4 saloon returns a parsimonious 85.6mpg on the combined cycle and emits a tiny 85g/km of Co2.
Inside the 508 a new 7-inch touchscreen controls many of the car’s functions and connects to the Peugeot Connected Apps store. As before you get keyless entry, auto headlight dipping and a JBL stereo as standard. The new car adds blind spot sensors and a reversing camera to the kit list.
Since it was launched in 2011, Peugeot has shifted 360,000 508’s, around a third of those in China. Tellingly, Peugeot is revealing the new 508 in China and Russia before its European debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. Clearly Peugeot knows its market.