Peugeot’s next-generation 508 will arrive next year with a drastically altered look to the current model, as shown by these new spy pictures.
The four-door will swap the conventional saloon bodyshape of its predecessor for a fastback design, giving it a sportier look.
Although dressed in camouflage, the recently spotted development car demonstrates the swooping roofline of the future model as well as what looks to be a slightly longer wheelbase.
Peugeot’s second-generation i-Cockpit system will also feature, adding a 12.3in TFT display, 8in touchscreen and just eight main buttons on the car’s centre console.
The system, which is the brand’s answer to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, will drastically improve perceived quality and also give the cabin a driver-centric layout, which will be enhanced with the fitment of Peugeot’s smaller steering wheel.
These changes should boost the 2018 car’s chances in its fight against increasingly stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport. The more premium Peugeot will also challenge the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4.
Peugeot has refrained from revealing any details for the future model, but the car is expected to use a familiar range of turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines for the bulk of its line-up, with a hybrid at the top of the range.
Peugeot and its sister brands of the PSA Group recently announced plans to ditch diesel hybrid drivetrains for petrol hybrid ones. This switch is likely to be applied to the next 508's range-topping model.
The same plans also confirmed all-electric ambitions, suggesting a zero-emission drivetrain could be integrated into the 508 later in its lifecycle, should demand for electric four-doors increase sufficiently.
The current 508 costs from £25,045 in the UK, which ranks it among its more premium German rivals. Expect the next-generation 508 and its higher quality image to continue this trend.