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Peugeot 508 – 5 By Peugeot Concept

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0800

Peugeot are taking the '5 by Peugeot' Concept to Geneva - the new Peugeot 508

Back in November we reported that Peugeot were going to stop producing the 407 and 607 and deliver a new car to fill the gap – the Peugeot 508. Which makes a whole heap of sense. Apart from in France it’s always been then case that the bigger the French car the poorer its sales are, and the poor old 607 hasn’t exactly set the world alight with its huge sale.

So we got the car right, but not the timescale. We believed that the concept for the 508 wouldn’t turn up until later this year, but we’ve just had an email from Peugeot on the ’5 by Peugeot’ Concept they’re taking to the Geneva Motor Show next month. And this is – bar a few tweaks before production – the new Peugeot 508.

For a concept the 508 is a bit low-key, but then it does look surprisingly production ready in the photos, so maybe it’s a lot closer to the market than we thought. But it’s a decent looking car with its big headlights and overly large front air dam and lots of chrome highlights. It looks like a Mondeo-sized Peugeot and does get away from the gaping mouth style of recent years.

The big news is that Peugeot are headlining the 508 as a hybrid car, using Peugeot’s Hybrid4 technology which mates a 163bhp 2.0 litre HDi FAP ┬áto a 37bhp electric motor, which gives up to 200bhp, a short electric only mode and four wheel drive when needed. It also manages to average around 75mpg and has CO2 emissions under the magic 100g/km.

Expect to see normal petrol and diesel engines in the Peugeot 508 when it hits the road which – judging by how much further forward it is than we originally thought – could be by the end of this year.

By Cars UK