French manufacturer could follow the lead of Mercedes by replacing its saloon with two cars, one sporty and the other spacious, to tempt more buyers

Peugeot is considering replacing the 508 saloon with two new models, company boss Maxime Picat has revealed to Autocar.

Even though the company has just unveiled a facelifted version of the current Peugeot 508, work is already underway on its replacement.

"We are considering two body styles, one more dynamic, one more spacious and comfortable. But we are seeing how the market goes," he said.

Peugeot could follow the path set by Mercedes-Benz which offers the E-class and more coupé-like CLS, using the same mechanicals but appealing to different buyers.

Indeed, one well placed source admitted that one version of the next 508 could ape the swoopy lines of the recently revealed Peugeot Exalt concept, but they still had to have a traditional saloon, especially for the Chinese market. He also admitted that there was still a place for an estate version to appeal to European buyers.

The success of the Chinese market is forcing Peugeot to examine its big car plans in other ways.

At the Beijing motor show in April, Picat told Autocar that he wanted the next generation of Peugeot 3008 to "look more SUV-like" amid concerns that the smoother crossover design of the current model was putting off Asian buyers.

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18 June 2014
"French manufacturer could follow the lead of Mercedes by replacing its saloon with two cars". Which car has Mercedes replaced then with 2 models as that seems to have passed me by? It seems to me that Peugeot will replace the 508 with a conventional saloon, and that will spin off bodystyle derivatives. Like virtually every manufacturer does.

18 June 2014
Saucerer wrote:
"French manufacturer could follow the lead of Mercedes by replacing its saloon with two cars". Which car has Mercedes replaced then with 2 models as that seems to have passed me by? It seems to me that Peugeot will replace the 508 with a conventional saloon, and that will spin off bodystyle derivatives. Like virtually every manufacturer does.
Saucerer, good point. Personally I would like to see a proper two door / four seater coupe come off of these mechanicals. The old Pininfarina designed 406 still looks fab when I see one. An update of that delicate design would be lovely.

18 June 2014
I agree with you mate. I always got the feeling that the 508 felt a bit lost in the segment, like it was trying to appeal to both the Mondeo class and 3 series class. A sporty 4 door coupe would make a great halo car and i also think it would be nice to have an update of one of the last Pininfarina designed classic Peugeots - Peugeot 406. I had one as a family car when i was growing up and i always had a soft spot for the way it looked and drove.

18 June 2014
Saucerer wrote:
"French manufacturer could follow the lead of Mercedes by replacing its saloon with two cars". Which car has Mercedes replaced then with 2 models as that seems to have passed me by? It seems to me that Peugeot will replace the 508 with a conventional saloon, and that will spin off bodystyle derivatives. Like virtually every manufacturer does.
Have autocar done their usual and edited the article after someone has posted? I ask only because I can see them mention the E class & CLS as the example. Of course, the other alternative to this would be the Passat & the CC

18 June 2014
And the 508 itself replaced two models - the 407 and 607...

19 June 2014
Well it only 4 like Volvo but the Peugeot will need 6 cylinders . No need for V8s. Could be next 509?

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