Peugeot add to youngest fleet ever

The new Peugeot 508 range will go on sale in Europe in September, and the Irish unveiling will be later in the year.

The new Peugeot 508 range will go on sale in Europe in September, and the Irish unveiling will be later in the year.

The 508 joins the youngest Peugeot fleet ever in the 125-year history of the company.

The arrival of the range illustrates the brand’s move upmarket. The new 508 saloon, SW and RXH diesel hybrid models benefit from new equipment, new exterior and interior styling and the latest economical Euro 6 engines.

The choices

Presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the tremendously successful 508 started its sales career in 2011.

Available initially as a saloon or estate, a third innovative version arrived to expand the range a year later in the form of the 508 RXH with HYbrid4 technology.

The Peugeot designers produced a vehicle with even more technological prowess, character and style.

Upgraded cabin

More vertical and more self-assured, the Lion is housed at the centre. The front grille is framed by a distinctive light signature to include 100% LED daytime running lamps, direction indicators and front fog lamps.

The rear end is more structured thanks to a more distinctive bumper, constructed to enhance its protective function. The opalescent red 3-claw rear light signature delivers a strong identity.

In the cabin, the dashboard now includes a 7” touch screen, grouping together most of the vehicles functionalities and as a result, the central panel now has fewer buttons. The centre console includes a new closed storage box, whilst a Head-Up instrument panel allows for great driver control and safety.

New equipment includes a reversing camera and blind spot sensors. Options include keyless entry and starting, automatic electric parking brake, automatic headlamp dipping, quad-zone automatic air conditioning and JBL Hi-Fi.

The saloon and SW ranges will benefit from economical and efficient Euro 6 engines, including the 2.0 litre BlueHDi 150bhp 6-speed manual with CO2 emissions of just 105g/km, a best in class for this level of power. A new 2.0 litre BlueHDi 180 EAT6 saloon version has been type approved with CO2 emissions of 111 g/km.

Petrol engines

For petrol, the new 508 introduces a new Euro 6 engine - the 1.6 litre THP 165bhp, with a 6-speed manual gearbox or fitted with the new EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox. Replacing the Euro 5 1.6 litre THP 156, this new 165bhp engine allows reduced CO2 emissions to 129 g/km (6-speed manual) from 144 g/km.

The HYbrid4 technology, a unique proposition in the segment, is carried over to the new saloon and the RXH. The 163bhp 2.0 litre HDi diesel engine and the 37bhp electric motor coupled to the rear wheels operate either alternately or together to offer 200bhp 4WD.

The four driving modes (ZEV, 4WD, Sport and Auto) provide exceptional ease of use. Excellent economy is achieved with combined fuel consumption of 3.3 l/100km (85.6 mpg).