Peugeot unveil 508 facelift

Peugeot have overhauled their 508 range with a new look, cleaner engines and a modern interior with cutting-edge equipment.

The new 508 also has a new grille design and LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, fog lights and indicators. A more horizontal profile has been given to the bonnet, while the rear end has similarly been restructured, with a redesigned rear bumper and new rear lamps on the Saloon version.

Inside the cabin, the interior has been improved with a streamlined dashboard that comes complete with a seven-inch touchscreen system. This controls most of the car’s functions without the need for buttons, and the centre console includes a new closed-storage box.

Peugeot connect apps

The touchscreen system can also support Peugeot Connect Apps, which can do everything from finding a nearby parking space to checking the weather and looking up nearby fuel prices.

A jet-fighter style Heads-Up-Display that gives speed and navigation information on a retractable viewing screen is also available as an option, as it was on the previous 508.

Other technological features included are keyless entry, an automatic parking brake and automatic headlight dipping. Also included are blind spot sensors and a reversing camera which can be viewed on the touchscreen.

Suspension has seen a similar overhaul, with double wishbones and multi-link rear suspension to give the optimum ride comfort, grip on the road and driving experience.

A new, more efficient range of engines is available on the updated 508 range, including a new Euro 6-accredited 1.6-litre petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It boasts an ample 165bhp with CO2 emissions from 131g/km.

Two 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel units are also on offer, available in 150bhp and 180bhp versions with CO2 emissions of an impressive 105g/km and 111g/km respectively. This makes them the best engines in their segment in terms of emissions, according to Peugeot.

Diesel-electric hybrid

In addition, the new 508 can also be had as a diesel-electric hybrid powered by Peugeot’s Hybrid 4 technology. It allows it to return emissions of a tiny 85g/km, giving free road tax and a combined fuel consumption of 85.6 mpg.

So far in 2014, Peugeot have sold 407,000 vehicles worldwide, a 14 per cent increase on last year and twice the market’s average growth. The 508 has sold more than 360,000 units so far, with the biggest market for the model being in China, accounting for 30 per cent of total sales.

Prices have yet to be confirmed for the new 508, however it’s due to go on sale in the UK in mid-September after its official debut at the Moscow and Chengdu Motor Shows this coming August.