French company's rival for the Ford Mondeo receives a host of cosmetic and technical changes, including more frugal engines

This is the new facelifted Peugeot 508 which goes on sale in September. The French Ford Mondeo rival has been given a shot in the arm with a host of cosmetic and technical changes.

The three bodystyles: saloon, estate, and high-riding RX, all receive new front and rear ends, including a distinctive grille treatment with the Lion badge centrally mounted for the first time. New head and tail lights are also now LEDs.

The bonnet has also been resculptured and there have been substantial changes to front and rear bumpers. Inside the 508 has taken cues from the recently launched Peugeot 308 hatch. So more functionality has been moved to the seven-inch touchscreen with the aim of reducing button count.

Dials and the instrument panel are also all-new and there’s now a standard colour head-up display. Blind spot mirror sensors and a reversing camera are now on the options list for the first time. Peugeot is also claiming a higher standard of fit and finish.

New engines also join the line-up. A Euro 6 compliant 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 165bhp, replacing the old 156bhp motor, promising better performance and reduced emissions. Peugeot’s Blue HDi 2.0-litre diesels are also available, one with 148bhp and 105 g/km of CO2, the other tuned for 178bhp and 111g/km.

The saloon and RXH are also still available with the diesel hybrid option, but changes mean that it now emits 85g/km, down from 107g/km, adding to its appeal for company car tax payers.

The new 508 will gets its first public outing in August simultaneously at the Moscow and Chengdu motor shows. 

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18 June 2014
I like the 508, and this looks better. I doubt they have changed the way it drives, it didnt need anything in that area. But this car needs a more powerful petrol model. 156 bhp in this did not result in much performance, so increasing it to 165 wont help a great deal. Why can you have 200 bhp in a 208, and more than 250 bhp in the RCZ, and yet in this much heavier car 165? We are not all company car drivers

18 June 2014
artill wrote:

I like the 508, and this looks better. I doubt they have changed the way it drives, it didnt need anything in that area. But this car needs a more powerful petrol model. 156 bhp in this did not result in much performance, so increasing it to 165 wont help a great deal. Why can you have 200 bhp in a 208, and more than 250 bhp in the RCZ, and yet in this much heavier car 165? We are not all company car drivers

....more bhp Means stronger brakes, suspension etc. wich add to costs. And cost is everything particulary in this segment.

18 June 2014
egonolzen wrote:
artill wrote:

I like the 508, and this looks better. I doubt they have changed the way it drives, it didnt need anything in that area. But this car needs a more powerful petrol model. 156 bhp in this did not result in much performance, so increasing it to 165 wont help a great deal. Why can you have 200 bhp in a 208, and more than 250 bhp in the RCZ, and yet in this much heavier car 165? We are not all company car drivers

....more bhp Means stronger brakes, suspension etc. wich add to costs. And cost is everything particulary in this segment.

Which would make sense if the 508 hadn't been engineered to cope with that amount of power, which it was. The old version had a 200bhp diesel, with a completely diferent suspension even. The 200bhp 1.6 petrol from the 208GTi would fit it like a glove.

 

 

18 June 2014
Looks like a Volvo from the front to me. Do like the tail light design of the saloon. Interior doesn't look to have changed much, but that might not be a bad thing.

18 June 2014
CornishGreg and I (whose Christian name is Gregg) are thinking the exact same thing! Also, the Chinese market has yet to embrace the European design "edginess" so this is just the ticket. In fact, if you are not a badge snob then this could be your ticket as well.

18 June 2014
That front end looks like a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer! Peugeot need to fire their entire design team! Fussy detailing does not give a clean design.

18 June 2014
..and the SW wagon looks even better now. Seriously french-diplomat chic.

18 June 2014
Definatly from the main picture now looks like a 2009 Lancer. I prefer how he car looked before the revamp. Think it looked like a very classy and stylish car. Not sure the revamp will still look that good.

18 June 2014
The petrol option does look a bit weak which would not mater if there was a 220 ish bhp unit available alongside. The performance version, if they still make it, will be the 2.2 tdi 204 bhp model ?

18 June 2014
Peugeot seem to be struggling for a corporate front end with any identity. Although they currently have this single frame grille design with Peugeot written discreetly at the top of it, it's competely nondescript and although it's been on Peugeots for a couple of years now, it still looks unimaginative and doesn't shout out that it's a Peugeot. In fact, the front end looking cues on this facelift look remarkably similar to Citroen's DS 5LS. The previous corporate front end may have been an acquired taste, but you knew the car was a Peugeot.

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