New saloon scooped ahead of launch at the Paris motor show in September

A 99g/km diesel hybrid will star as the centrepiece of Peugeot’s new flagship saloon, the 508, scooped here testing ahead of its Paris show debut in September.

Featuring a 160bhp 2.0-litre EU5 diesel mated to a rear-mounted electric motor, the 508 hybrid will bring Prius-style economy to the almost BMW 5-series-sized Peugeot.

See Autocar's spy pics of the the new Peugeot 508

When the electric motor cuts in, the 508 hybrid operates in four-wheel drive, with the diesel driving the front wheels and the motor the rears.

Like the ‘5 by Peugeot’ show car at Geneva this year, the 508 will be around 4.8m long, considerably larger than the 407 it directly replaces. The 508 will also be expected to replace the 607, in the process becoming the vehicle of choice of many French politicians.

UK buyers should get their hands on the Peugeot 508 in mid-2011, about six months after other EU customers.

The scoops show just how close the production car is to the concept, as Peugeot predicted in March.

Key details on the concept, such as the square grille, wrap-around headlights and prominent bonnet plinth for the Lion badge, are visible through the blue car’s disguise.

Insiders also report that the concept’s ‘waisted’ look, in which the body narrows around the cabin, and the roofline that sweeps elegantly down to the rear decklid will also make production.

The engine line-up will be streamlined, too, with EU5-compliant units carrying over from the 407 while older EU4 units, including the 2.2-litre diesel, will be deleted.

The best-seller is tipped to be the 160bhp 2.0 HDi, while the range-topping engine is the 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 mated to a six-speed auto ’box. The key petrol engine will be the 156bhp turbo 1.6.

Sales of the diesel hybrid will trail mainstream models by about year, arriving in mid-2012. By then it will feature a lithium ion battery pack.

Also coming is a 508 SW estate, which is likely to be revealed at next March’s Geneva show, with sales starting soon after. If the sales trend of today’s 407 continues, the 508 SW is likely to develop into the firm’s best-seller.

Julian Rendell

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21 June 2010

With the hybrid element being fitted at the back they should be able to fit both petrol and diesel engines up front, and both manuals and autos, which would be good.

21 June 2010

Actually...there will still be a 2.2 diesel for the 508. The current DW12B (170hp twin-turbo) will be replaced by the DW12C with 150kW (204hp) and 450Nm: This engine will premiere on the 508. 450Nm from only 2179cc that's quite impressive. That is over 200Nm per litre, just slightly ahead of the impressive BMW 123d.

21 June 2010

Looks like it'll still be hideous - and that front overhang is WAY too long.

21 June 2010

Given the perception, outside France, that this is a Mondeo, Insignia rival, its going to have to be priced at that level. Filling the 407 and 607 with a single car and a biggish one at that is high risk for Peugeot. Large French cars don't sell in any volume outside their home market and I see no reason why this would change that position.

21 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

Looks like it'll still be hideous - and that front overhang is WAY too long.

[/quote] Apart from the new coupe all new Peugeots would benefit from being kept under wraps don't you think. PUG=UGLY.

21 June 2010

Too large?

22 June 2010

[quote Mr£4worth][quote Straight Six Man]

Looks like it'll still be hideous - and that front overhang is WAY too long.

[/quote] Apart from the new coupe all new Peugeots would benefit from being kept under wraps don't you think. PUG=UGLY.[/quote]

By new coupe, do you mean the 308 RCZ? God, that's ugly too - at least from the front. If they moved the registration plate up onto the bumper, and installed a Subaru flat six in the middle, or even their own V6, driving the rears, and removed the existing engine from the front completely, I'd be interested - but basing it on the 308 chassis, and giving it that gaping gob, was a mistake.

11 July 2010

Finally unvieled, official - not more disguised shots. I must say it looks pretty damn good.

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