The three bodystyles: saloon, estate, and high-riding RX, all receive new front and rear ends, including a distinctive grille treatment with the Lion badge centrally mounted for the first time. New head and tail lights are also now LEDs.
The bonnet has also been resculptured and there have been substantial changes to front and rear bumpers. Inside the 508 has taken cues from the recently launched Peugeot 308 hatch. So more functionality has been moved to the seven-inch touchscreen with the aim of reducing button count.
Dials and the instrument panel are also all-new and there’s now a standard colour head-up display. Blind spot mirror sensors and a reversing camera are now on the options list for the first time. Peugeot is also claiming a higher standard of fit and finish.
New engines also join the line-up. A Euro 6 compliant 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 165bhp, replacing the old 156bhp motor, promising better performance and reduced emissions. Peugeot’s Blue HDi 2.0-litre diesels are also available, one with 148bhp and 105 g/km of CO2, the other tuned for 178bhp and 111g/km.
The saloon and RXH are also still available with the diesel hybrid option, but changes mean that it now emits 85g/km, down from 107g/km, adding to its appeal for company car tax payers.
The new 508 will gets its first public outing in August simultaneously at the Moscow and Chengdu motor shows.
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