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Slinky Peugeot 508 now in the open


Less than 24 hours after leaking online ahead of its planned unveiling at next week's Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot has now officially divulged complete details of its new second generation 508.

A sleek and radical departure from the model it replaces, the 508 rides on the French marque's ubiquitous EMP2 platform and measures 4 750 mm in overall length, has a wheelbase of 2 790 mm and a height of 1 400 mm. Despite being 80 mm shorter and 60 mm lower than the model it replaces, Peugeot claims a 32-litre improvement in boot space with 487-litres on offer in standard form and up to 1 537-litres with the rear seats folded down.

The switch form PSA's FP3 platform, which can trace its roots back to 2001 with the launch of the original Citroen C5, has cut weight by around 70 kg with additional under the skin changes consisting of an electric power steering setup, a new multi-link rear axle with variable damping on higher spec models and a new damper cradle for the front suspension.

Benchmarked against the Volkswagen Arteon and Audi A5 Sportback, the 508, as previously reported, now features a more coupe-like appearance said to be a tribute to the 504 sedan and coupe, with a number of cues borrowed from the Instinct concept shown in Geneva last year.

In addition to the same corporate grille as the 3008 and 5008, the 508 boasts slimmer headlights with a two-piece LED daytime running light setup running down to the bottom of the bumper's flanges, 508 badging on the bonnet, claw motive LED taillights separated by a central black strip and a subtle boot spoilers. Depending on the model, wheel sizes range from 16 to 19-inches.

Inside, the 508 gets the latest iteration of Peugeot's i-Cockpit cabin layout, highlighted by a newly designed dashboard housing an integrated 10-inch HD touchscreen display infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, "one-touch control" gear lever on automatic models, up to four USB ports, a selection of material options ranging from leather to real wood and Alcantara, and a new feature called i-Cockpit Amplify that allows for the choosing of two ambiences inside; Boost and Relax.

As part of the i-Cockpit Amplify setup, the 508 also comes equipped with a four-mode drive selector; Eco, Normal, Comfort and Sport, while a eight-stage front seat massage system can be had on some models.

Designed to meet the recently revised Euro NCAP requirements, new safety items include Full Park Assist, Night Vision infrared camera that can detect objects up 250 m away, Adaptive Cruise Control, Visiopark 360 degree surround view camera system, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Active Safety Braking, Lane Positioning Assist and Active Blind Spot Monitoring.

Providing forward motivation, the 508 will initially be offered with a choice of two turbodiesel engines and one petrol, the majority of which are connected to a brand-new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Heading up the petrol engine line-up, the 1.6-litre PureTech turbo develops either 132 kW or 165 kW in the case of the top spec GT, while the smallest diesel engine on offer, the 1.5-litre BlueHDI, serves up 96 kW and is the sole engine to come connected with either the aforementioned automatic gearbox or a standard six-speed manual. The remaining BlueHDI oil-burner displaces 2.0-litres and can be had in two flavours; 118 kW and 132 kW.

Sales of the 508 in Europe will commence in September with final pricing, and indeed South African availability, yet to be confirmed.

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