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.
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.