Word has it that when the doors open at the Geneva Motor Show next month, Peugeot will unveil an all-new 508. But the fresh sedan will usher in far more than its own replacement.
Automotive News Europe reports that the next-generation Peugeot 508 will herald a new design language for the French marque, and adopt new technologies as well.
That could mean more coupe-like styling with a sleeker roofline, and design cues borrowed from the Instinct concept (pictured) that debuted at the same show last year. It is also tipped to adopt the kind of advanced semi-automated driving systems that we’ve seen from higher-end automakers like Mercedes and Audi.
Expect both plug-in hybrid and wagon variants to join the conventional sedan that will go after the likes of the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo – a segment that has been in decline as customers flock to crossovers, even in Europe.
Peugeot introduced the current 508 in 2011 as a replacement for both the smaller 407 and the larger 607. It’s shared its PF3 platform as well with the Citroën C5, but in its new iteration will shift to the EMP2 architecture that underpins a wide array of models from Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, and even Toyota.
Among the various vehicles employing the EMP2 platform, you’ll find the Peugeot 308 hatchback and 3008 and 5008 crossovers; the Citroën C5 Aircross; the new DS7 Crossback; the Opel Grandland X and Combo (jointly developed before PSA bought the German operation from General Motors); and the Toyota ProAce and ProAce Verso that were developed alongside the Jumpy/Expert and Spacetourer/Traveller respectively.