Peugeot 508 concept has been revealed at the Geneva motor show
3 March 2010

This is the “5 by Peugeot” concept car which has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show and which previews the new Peugeot 508.

The Peugeot 508 concept is described by Peugeot as "another indication of the changing face of Peugeot" and as "providing an insight into the marque’s future ambitions in the large luxury vehicle segment". As the 508 - the successor to the 407 - it will be a Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Renault Laguna rival.

See the Peugeot Geneva concept car pictures

Powered by Peugeot’s so-called Hybrid4 technology, which will go into production in 2011 in the Peugeot 3008, it has a 163bhp 2.0 litre HDi FAP engine linked to a 37bhp electric motor. The combination produces a maximum of 200bhp, an electric only mode for low speed operation and four-wheel drive when required. It averages 74.3 mpg and 99g/km of CO2.

Peugeot says the Hybrid4 technology can be fitted to a range of naturally-aspirated engines according to market requirements, as well as to different models of cars on different platforms.

The car also highlights some future Peugeot design directions, with the grille in particular reminiscent of the Peugeot SR1 concept car's, which was unveiled earlier this year.

Peugeot SR1 concept unveiled

The 5 by Peugeot's dimensions are 4860mm in length, 1880mm width and 2815 in wheelbase. Its kerb weight is 1880kg with full tanks.

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15 February 2010

"4860mm in width, 1420mm wheelbase and 2815 in length"

I am sure you meant:

"4860mm in length, 1420mm in width and 2815 wheelbase"

15 February 2010

Nice. Like what a Volvo S80 should have been or dare one say the C-pillar and rear treatment of the new Jag XJ.

15 February 2010

It's a bit too large and heavy for Mondeo's class , isn't it???

15 February 2010

giulivo wrote:

I am sure you meant:

"4860mm in length, 1420mm in width and 2815 wheelbase" (quote)

Couldn't possibly be 1420 mm width. Might be height.

At 1880 kg with full tanks , either the tanks are huge or this is one very overweight car. Looks OK though.

15 February 2010

Love the front, the grille is obviously still going through its diet phase. One day it will be properly small like the SR-1's. Rear end looks mildly podgy, it kind of looks like they thought of the rear lights after the rest of it had been designed. Still, I think overall it looks good. Peugeot will be fully back on track soon, I reckon.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

15 February 2010

What the hell is wrong with designers now?

Too many of them seem to be suffering from a breakdown of the eye that causes a ubiquitous flaw with the rear of the cars they pen.

The XJ is the worst, most extreme of the current crop of hideous mistakes, with BMW and, further back, Vauxhall also falling foul with the new 5-Series and Insignia.

This rendering of the proposed 508 suffers less from the problem, but it's still there, with its awkward boot shut-line and sloping rear valence, set-off with laboured treatments of ugly light clusters.

As with the XJ and the Insignia, though, the front's all right.

15 February 2010

Hmm, now that looks rather good. Front 3/4 purposeful, if a little anonymous, good squat haunches, like the mirrors, great window silhouette, interesting (and different rear end). In the words of Louis Walsh 'I like it!'.

15 February 2010

Interesting interesting...

15 February 2010

[quote Mini1]Love the front, the grille is obviously still going through its diet phase. One day it will be properly small like the SR-1's.[/quote]

What about the RCZ, though. Even though its following the 5008, it seems to be maintaining the oversized front grille of the older models. Maybe the company hasnt made its mind up yet....

15 February 2010

No doubt I'll swiftly be told that it's just me, but I have to say that the whole 'concept car' thing bores me rigid these days. I just can't see the point - a manufacturer shows you something you can't buy, and it's always the interesting bits (the nice design touches, the special features) which are dumped when a watered-down, infinitely more boring version appears in the showroom a couple of years later.

If you stop to analyse it, it's a pretty odd idea this concept thing. Apple don't do a 'concept i-Phone' to get people salivating over something they'll never be able to buy. A new restaurant about to open doesn't showcase 'concept dishes' which are far nicer than what will actually appear on their menu. White goods manufacturers don't show us concept fridges with all sorts of great features which will actually be stripped out of future production models to keep the cost acceptable.

And what does this 'concept' tell us about Peugeot? - only that it's a brand with no intrinsic values, which has changed its design direction about 4 times in the last 5 years. Take the badge off, and it could have been designed by any of half a dozen major manufacturers in Europe and Asia.

Sorry, I love design (I'm... er... a designer by profession!) but this silly frivolous concept carry-on just distracts manufacturers from the much more important business of giving us beautifully-designed REAL on-the-road cars with REAL features we'll all find useful and fun. That's real design.


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