First introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Peugeot 508 gets a fitting overall update in time for its European premiere in September. The huge Chinese market is targeted next by the Lion marque, with a debut for the Peugeot 508 set for January 2015.

Available initially as a Saloon or SW estate, a third resolutely innovative version arrived to expand the range a year later. Adopting the HYbrid4 technology as standard, also available on the Saloon, the Peugeot 508 RXH is a vehicle in a class of its own: its all-road stance, its versatility in use and its environmental performance remain unique in the automotive world. Built in Rennes, France and Wuhan, China, some 360,000 units have been sold. China, which in 2013 became the biggest market for the 508, with 30% of total cumulative sales.

2014 Peugeot 508 bears refreshed identity of the Lion marque’s design language

The new Peugeot 508 bears a new grille, emblematic of the Brand’s future variants, and is fitted with the latest equipment, like the touch screen, reversing camera and blind spot sensors. The new grille design is an essential element of the 508’s style, with the more vertical and pronounced Peugeot Lion at the center and front headlights; complete with LED lights, DRLs, direction indicators and foglights.

The bonnet has also been redesigned to make it more horizontal; on the Saloon, there’s a balance between front and rear, with the rear end being more structured, thanks to a redesigned rear bumper that’s distinguishable from the boot. The rear lights on the Saloon have also been redesigned to make them more horizontal than previously, whether viewed from the side or from directly behind and the opalescent red effect of the three claws provides a visual signature that delivers a strongly identifying and technological effect.

Moving to the inside, the new and improved dashboard and center console now include a 7-inch touch screen, a panel with fewer buttons and a closed-storage box. Positioned in front of the driver, the rich and complete instrument panel makes a style reference inspired by that of a precision watch. It is backed up by the HUD (Head-Up Display) with driving and navigation information in color, viewed in a retractable smoked viewing screen. The quality of materials used, whether for finishers or trim cloth, the quality of the equipment place the interior of the new 508 in the context of modern and refined. Pertinent features for the 508 consist Keyless Entry and Starting, electric parking brake, automatic headlamp levelling, quad-zone automatic air conditioning, JBL badged Hi-Fi, Blind Spot Sensors, a reversing camera, and for the first time the Peugeot Connect Apps.

For power units, the new 508 range offers petrol and diesel engines of the latest generation. First up, there’s the 1.6 liter THP 165 Stop & Start that’s paired to a six-speed manual gearbox or the new EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox; it replaces the Euro 5 1.6-liter THP 156. The new 165bhp engine allows reduced CO2 emissions from 131g/km with a 6-speed manual; compared to a CO2 of 144g/km of the previous generation. For Diesel, the BlueHDi technology is available from launch of the new Peugeot 508. The 2.0-liter BlueHDi 150 6-speed manual, has CO2 emissions of just 105g/km for both Saloon and SW estate, and is the best in the segment for this level of engine power. Similarly, the new 2.0-liter BlueHDi 180 EAT6 Saloon version has been type approved with CO2 emissions of just 111g/km, constituting one of the best combinations of power and fuel consumption in the segment. Lastly, the Hybrid4 technology version that utilizes a 163bhp 2.0-liter HDi Diesel engine that’s combined with the 37bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels operate either alternately or together. It provides maximum efficiency and emissions figures of 85.6 mpg (combined) and CO2 85g/km.

The suspension system has been specified to make the Peugeot 508 optimized for driving experience while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable to drive. Featuring double wishbones, decoupled hub front suspension (on the more powerful Diesel versions) or pseudo MacPherson (on other versions), and multi-link rear suspension, the new 508 continues to offer an impressive combination of good ride comfort and road holding.

2014 Peugeot 508 makes debut at Moscow and Chengdu motorshows

The new Peugeot 508 is scheduled to debut at the forthcoming Moscow and Chengdu Motor Shows, then at the Paris Motor Show, with sales starting in Europe from September.

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