Peugeot has brought its striking 508 SW to the Paris motor show in First Edition guise.
The limited-run version is based on the top-spec GT finish, but adds unique 19in two-tone alloy wheels, a gloss black front grille, and choice of Twilight Blue and Amazonite Grey colours. A nappa leather interior is offset with carbonfibre effect trim, while the iConnect cockpit includes Night Vision safety tech and a Focal speaker system.
It will arrive with a choice of 1.6-litre PureTech 225 petrol or 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel engines. Both models will use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The First Edition is available to order now, with deliveries expected in early 2019.
The most striking-looking Peugeot estate yet was designed to attract image-conscious buyers who may otherwise look to SUVs.
Speaking at Peugeot’s design centre in Vélizy, France, 508 product manager Bernard Hesse said the design of the estate, which is predicted to account for 60-65% of 508 sales, was given as much precedence as its practicability.
“We saw competitors like Mercedes with the CLA and the CLS Shooting Brakes, which are very interesting [in terms of design],” he said. “So we designed a more dynamic look for the SW right from the start of development of the 508’s EMP2 platform.”
The new car’s more taut proportions mean it is actually 6cm shorter in height and 5cm shorter in length than its predecessor. It offers 530 litres of boot space (30 litres less than the previous car) with the interior boot cover closed, while maximum load space with the seats folded provides 1780 litres – that’s identical to the Volkswagen Passat and 115 litres more than that of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.
To reduce wear and tear and aid with loading, there’s a stainless steel boot sill, while the tailgate is powered and the floor inside is almost completely flat when the rear seats are folded down.
Rear head room is 40cm better than in the saloon variant, thanks to the 508 SW’s slightly raised roof section. But the use of frameless rear doors helps the estate retain a swooping roofline. Peugeot product design director Pierre-Paul Mattei said this was important to ensure “balance without style overload”.