New Peugeot 508 sets its sights on two worlds

Peugeot has revealed comprehensively updated versions of its flagship 508 saloon and estate (SW), with the changes deliberately targeted at its two main markets – Europe and China.

The new models, which again include the option of an all-wheel-drive Hybrid4 diesel-electric powertrain, are set to go on sale in Europe this September and in China at the start of 2015 after making their public debut at the Moscow, Chengdu and Paris motor shows.

Peugeot 508 Saloon 2014 FrontFor China, which will contribute 36% of all sales of the new model – mainly the saloon – Peugeot is claiming sharper styling and improved trim quality and technology which give the car greater status and raise refinement.

For Europe, where the SW will be particularly significant, Peugeot has lowered CO2 emissions to class-leading levels and talks of improved driving pleasure and dynamism.

The revised 508 has Peugeot’s new 150bhp and 180bhp 2.0-litre BlueHDI diesel engines. With a manual gearbox, the 150bhp unit has a CO2 rating of just 105g/km in both the saloon and SW. This is less than any current model with comparable power.

There’s also a new 165bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, replacing the former 156bhp unit. Despite the increased output it lowers CO2 emissions from 144g/km to 131g/km with the six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile the Hybrid4 will offer class-leading fuel economy and emissions of 85.6mpg and 85g/km.

There are again two different suspension arrangements, with double wishbones at the front on diesel models and struts for the petrol version. Both have a multi-link rear end. Peugeot claims they have been retuned to give a more engaging drive.

There is greater connectivity through a series of apps accessed via a seven-inch touch-screen, while Blind Spot Sensors and a reversing camera also make their debut on the 508.

Peugeot has taken a lead from the new 308 and decluttered the interior while improving the fit and finish, while the exterior restyling introduces a new grille which will be a template for all future Peugeots, a raised bonnet and all-LED front lights.

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