Peugeot has released more details of its new 508 range, which will replace both the 407 and now-defunct 607 models in the maker’s line-up.
The cars go on sale next February and will be made in France and China.
Company sources say that the 508 features deliberately ‘pure, sober’ styling that is intended to project an air of precision and long-lasting quality. Much the same can be said for the interior, which is finely detailed and well finished. Peugeot says that the car uses materials that will stay looking ‘new’ for as long as possible.
The 508’s cabin also gets an Audi MMI-style controller and the option of a head-up display. The 508 gets a 10cm wheelbase stretch compared to the 407, which results in improved rear space. The Sport Wagon gets an impressive 660-litre boot.
A version of the 112bhp 1.6-litre HDi engine (from summer 2011) will come with a clutchless six-speed manual ’box and stop-start allowing it to return 109g/km of CO2 .
The range-topping GT model gets a 204bhp 2.2-litre diesel hooked up to an ‘efficient’ six-speed autobox. This model also gets wishbone front suspension.