The flagship of the range can stop and solve the death of a segment burdened by SUVs. No, the Peugeot 508 will offer itself in 2023 a final last stand. The style of communication, multimedia, motorization, hybridization is discovered, today, how he intends to end his career and, going forward, close a line, in style!
Ending with panache, this will be the leitmotif of the restyled Peugeot 508! Launched in the fall of 2018, the second generation of the family sedan nevertheless put all the chances on its side to succeed in a downsizing segment. Fastback coupe line and frameless doors for standing and hoping to titillate premium rival, a tailgate carefully hidden in a dynamic profile so as not to sacrifice practicality at the altar of beauty: all that pleases the largest number. The most observant will even recognize, here and there, some nods to his ancestor the Peugeot 504 which brings, if necessary, legitimacy.. On board, the iCockpit interface adapted to the low architecture of a saloon guarantees a sporty and technological atmosphere. The 508 is clearly off the beaten track.
The restyled 508 gets its claws … in a trio
Over time, the Peugeot 508 has been able to adapt its range of engines to the electrification of the market.. Concretely, it reduces the diesel proposals in order, on the contrary, to expand the rechargeable hybrid portfolio. Now in mid-career, he is not reaping the fruits of all these efforts. shame. The Peugeot 508 can’t get back into the swing of things. Commercial results were disappointing, 1,989 units were sold in the first half of 2022, ie Now, what to do? Throw in the towel like its rival Renault Talisman carefully left the scene or try one last stand before finally bringing down the curtain? Leo people have a reputation for discretion, they will prove it with this 508 2 phase 2. Expected in 2023, it will do everything to make an impression. Starting with a muzzle that shows the brand’s new light signature, which is a trio of claws that highlight each spotlight. A charismatic cosmetic gimmick released on the Peugeot 9×8 racing car. There are worse as a reference.
That’s it, no more Renault road cars!
A strategy that is part of sustainability for the Peugeot 508 which, let’s remember, was the first in the range with bright fangs. Strong graphic elements that, since then, have been included in most models: 208, 3008 and 5008 were restyled, then 308 and 408. As you understand, the Peugeot 508 is the one that opened the way. Normal for a flagship. Between each of the clearly distinguishable light sources, the grille can easily be used with an evanescent border of the shield. Pretentious, chrome contours are now a thing of the past.
On board, the Peugeot 508 will be the most innovative by adopting three-dimensional holographic instrumentation, inaugurated in the 208, in front of the driver and configurable touch keys iToggle, introduced in the bag -ong 308, under the central screen. Between the seats, the Cobra-type gear selector introduced in 2016 on the current Peugeot 3008 now dates the 508 a bit.. This imposing lever gives way to a slider type control that allows space saving so a layout with more storage. Thus, the Peugeot 508 will no longer suffer from “unfair” competition with its smaller brothers 308 and 408, it is until now.
New under the hood for the restyled 508!
Obviously, nothing is too good for the 508 facelift, which will also offer something new under its hood. It will be available in the 308 and 408, a strong 180 hp plug-in variant to democratize rechargeable hybrid technology. Enough to allow the Hybrid 225 variant to rise to 250 hp, the power already offered by the DS9 cousin and with a larger capacity battery that will allow it a wider radius of action, in 100% electric mode. (about 75 km). Something to return to favor corporate fleet managers. For its part, private customers who have not completely turned their backs on the 508 will prefer to look at the entry level. Equipped with a powerful 130 hp 1.2 PureTech three-cylinder engine, it will receive reinforcement of 48 V micro-hybridization and dual-clutch transmission designed in collaboration with Punch Powertrain.
The latter has an electric motor that delivers a power of 20 kW. An architecture that does not allow driving 100% electricity, but which, on the other hand, increases the total power to 150 hp, and lowers CO2 emissions. Two more questions remain. What about the 508 PSE (photo above), the sporty plug-in hybrid version with a total power of 360 hp, sold in 2,000 units, sedans and station wagons combined? And the BlueHDi 130 diesel engines? Will they still be included in the trip after the restyling? Nothing is less certain. However, the restyled 508 will not lack an asset, this is the last chance to convince … or not.
The Peugeot 508 PSE crosses a symbolic bar