All-new 2018 Peugeot 508 revealed
The all-new 2018 Peugeot 508 has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show…it will arrive in Australia towards the end of the year.
THE ALL-NEW PEUGEOT 508 has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Expected to go on-sale in Europe towards the end of the year, Peugeot Australia has said it will arrive in Australia shortly afterwards. Local pricing and specification hasn’t been announced.
Managing Director at Peugeot Australia, Anouk Poelmann said that the all-new 508 will continue Peugeot’s product and brand led transformation in Australia.
“Following the launch of the all-new Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUV, we now turn our attention to the sedan market with the all-new 508 – a vehicle that encapsulates the best in French design, engineering and allure,” said Poelmann.
“The Peugeot ‘5-series’ family of vehicles has always held an esteemed position both locally and abroad providing motorists with a stylish, reliable and well specified vehicle and the all-new 508 stays true to this rich heritage,
“In Australia, the revered 504 and 505 underpinned the motoring experience for generations of families and executives, and this all-new 508 will once again place Peugeot at the forefront of the segment.” Said Poelmann.
The 508 sits on Peugeot EMP2 platform, the same platform that is used for vehicles like the 308, 3008 and 5008… it’s a push-me, pull-you kind of platform. “The all-new 508 is lighter, more efficient and more striking than ever before,” Peugeot said.
The new 508 is, at 1.4m, lower than its predecessor, and what that might mean for headroom we’ll have to wait and see, it’s also shorter, measuring 4.75m long compared with 4.83m of the outgoing car. The i-Cockpit, according to Peugeot, is taken straight from its Exalt concept car, but that means it still gets the compact steering wheel which can upset visibility of some instruments. Peugeot claims 32-litres of storage in the cabin and 487 litres of boot space which is smaller than the Subaru Liberty.
The new 508 will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with a hybrid joining the line-up in 2019.
Peugeot’s vehicle dynamics boss, Yann Bonny, said the fact the 508 is lighter and based on the EMP2 platform allowed for a premium ride and handling set-up. “The new Peugeot 508 has a suspension system that allows an exceptional balance between dynamism, comfort and security. This balance is aimed to maintain a high-level of performance, whatever the setting. Moreover, the driver can adapt the car’s dynamic character thanks to the variable damping controlled suspension and the driving mode dial.” We’ll be the judge of that…
A range of active safety features are offered, but whether they’ll all be available on Australian cars remains to be seen, these include:
- Night-vision system, a first for the segment
- Latest-generation automatic emergency braking (that detects pedestrians and cyclists both day and night at up to 140 km/h) and collision-risk alert
- Lane keeping assist (including roadsides)
- Driver attention alert
- High beam assist
- Speed limit recognition and recommendation
- Extended traffic sign recognition (Stop, prohibited direction etc.)
- Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function (with automatic EAT8 gearbox)
- Lane-positioning assist (related to Stop & Go adaptive cruise control)
- Active blind-spot monitoring system