Future Cars: Peugeot Brings Back Sexiness With New 508 Sedan

French carmaker Peugeot has certainly given us some drastic variance in cars over the years; cue fantastic sporting GTi and World Rally cars and then truly mediocre offerings like the 307 hatch and 407 sedan.

Whilst the current 508 mid-size saloon isn’t bad, the market for mainstream European sedans is waning amongst a sea of opposition from SUVs and crossovers and the move to more prestige brands, like BMW and Audi.

Peugeot thinks this tide can be reversed by offering a new generation 508 in a much more alluring suite. So let’s take an illustrated sneak peek.

Sleek French Styling

To engage a much more youthful audience, the French manufacturer has adopted a coupe-like, four door silhouette. Looks familiar, you say? That’s because the new 508 is largely inspired by Peugeot’s 2014 Exalt Concept, hence that sleek, frameless-window side profile, with scalloped upper door panels and heavily-raked rear.

Frontal styling is aggressive too, with intersecting quad headlamps, larger lower intake and powerful front grille. At the rear, full-width tail lamps incorporate vertical LED brake elements – not too dissimilar to the Ford Mustang’s rear lighting setup.

Avante Garde Cabin

If you think the exterior looks good, the interior will impress even more. Drastic improvements over the current 508 show a much more futuristic interior, not too dissimilar to that of the 5008 crossover.

It also shares the latter’s i-Cockpit arrangement that includes a large, crisp infotainment display and digital instrument cluster. Practicality should improve with the shift to a lift-back body style, like that of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Buick Regal/Holden Commodore.

Under The Skin

Based on the flexible EMP2 platform, the new 508 will be lighter, stiffer and more crash-resistant compared to the ageing current model.

Powertrains are expected to be shared with the 5008, including a petrol 1.6-litre, turbocharged four, plus 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels in varying states of tune. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a new automatic transmission, and it’s possible the 5008’s Advanced Grip Control (which has normal, snow, sand, mud modes) will make an appearance. Hybrid versions of the gasoline units will also be on offer, while an all-electric model could be added later in the car’s lifecycle.

Tough Competition In An Shrinking Segment

If fighting the tide of SUV’s is hard enough, the 508 will battle with offerings that are competing for the same shrinking market share. Those competitors like the Ford Mondeo (Fusion), Opel Insignia, Mazda6, VW Passat and Skoda Superb won’t make life easy for the Pug.

The sleek new 508 will debut in 2018 with sales starting later that year in Europe and possibly Asia-Pacific.

Tell us what you think of the all-new 508 in the comments below and should PSA consider bringing it stateside?

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • ediotsavant

    Kia front, Volvo side, Audi R8 influence

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    It may be generic but it’s a f*$£ing pleasure to see a mainstream saloon in a sea of SUVs.

  • RDS Alphard

    I dislike the coupe-ish roofline, brilliant looking BUT extremely impractical.

  • Christian

    like the C5, they dropped them because of the big trend with Crossovers… 🙂

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      ive always loved the classical peugoet 504 , fantastic car, Peugoet sold millions of it. they made several versions, a 4W , pickup , station wagon and a rally car. i hope one day peugoet make cars like they used to. Come back Peugoet : (

      • Christian

        I believe that you can still buy a 405 brand new in specific countries…

  • Althea Later

    If they actually made that an option…. the back section of the car in black…. people would go insane… people with OCD especially may kill themselves.

    • Kaisuke971

      It is on some of their models, it’s called the “Coupe Franche” finish. It’ll most likely be available on the 508

  • 31/12/2999

    Ugly as fuck.

  • Sébastien

    If they put a liftback, it’ll sell well

  • FioleK

    Please do liftback and estate – sedans are useless !! Be smarter than VAG… Liftback !!

  • lunch in geneva ,next year !!

  • c3vzn

    Nah it won’t look like that. It looks far more dynamic in the spyshots.

  • SteersUright

    Looks like a new Chevy Impala.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    ppl will buy these over insignia

  • JR Glide

    …Still can’t see the speedometer over the steering wheel….

  • MarineCorpsX

    Ford Mondeo.

  • CarbonPhiber

    You’re all wrong. That rear quarter is from my Subaru Legacy sedan. They stole it out of my driveway last night..

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