Peugeot announced full details for its new 508 saloon and estate models weeks before they debut at the Paris Auto Show. The 508 range will boast an engine lineup that includes two petrol units and four diesel powerplants (all come with a Diesel Particulate Filter) that will be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox or to a six-speed automatic transmission.
In the petrol engine range, there is a 1.6 liter VTi that produces 120 hp and 160 Nm (144 grams of CO2 per km).
There’s also a 1.6 liter THP, which delivers 156 hp and 240 Nm of torque (149 grams of CO2 per Km for the manual box and 164 grams of CO2 per km for the automatic).
The diesel powerplants include a 1.6 liter HDI that produces 112 hp and 285 Nm (109 g/km), a 2.0 liter HDI generating 140 hp and 340 Nm (125 g/km), a 163 hp version of the same engine (149 g/km) and a 2.2 liter HDI with 204 hp and 450 Nm (150 g/km).
There will also be a model that will be equipped with Peugeot’s HYbrid4 technology. With an output of 200 hp, this vehicle offers four-wheel drive and CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km. Peugeot also made sure to give its new models a high quality interior, which stand out due to features such as color head-up display, four-zone air conditioning, and keyless entry and startup.
In terms of road-holding capability, Peugeot’s vehicles have always been on top, even in the M2 segment. Of course, the Peugeot 508 is able to provide exacting driving pleasure thanks to this capability. In particular, the 508 features two types of suspension – a McPherson type for the front axle and a multi-arm rear suspension for the rear axle.
For the front axle, a new McPherson type was developed based on platform 3, allowing the majority of the Peugeot 508 range to offer both road holding and ride comfort as expected of vehicles in the "M2" segment.
With this type of suspension installed on front, Peugeot was also able to not only offer superior road holding and ride comfort, but also reduce weight. In fact, the new front axle on the 508 is around 12 kg lighter than that of the 407.
One version of the model – the Peugeot 508 "GT" – comes with a drop link dual wishbone front axle. With the dual wishbone as well as the decoupling of bounce and steering functions, it provides for a very rigid body and driving accuracy.
Of course, having a drop link dual wishbone front axle on the Peugeot 508 "GT" is purely coherent with the fact that this version is powered by a new 2.2 liter HDi FAP engine that develops up to 150 kW (204 bhp). On the rear of all the versions of the Peugeot 508 is a multi-arm rear suspension, which is engineered to deliver superb efficiency and maximum accuracy and vibration damping through decoupling longitudinal and transverse forces.
Amazingly, the 508 features adaptive steering. It is armed with a rack and pinion electro-hydraulic steering that adjusts the required steering effort and allows for easy maneuvering even at low speeds.
Adaptive steering allows the 508 to adapt to two different driving styles -- "all encompassing" or "GT – as demanded and expected by their respective customers. Aside from adaptive steering, the Peugeot 508 features a braking system that corresponds to the attributes of each version.
For instance, the 508 comes available with front brake calipers in three different sizes -- 340 x 30 mm for the 2.2 liter HDi FAP 150 kW version and 283 x 26 mm or 304 x 28 mm for the rest of the range. Rear brake calipers come in only one size -- 290 x 12 mm.
All Peugeot 508 models feature the latest-generation ESP, which includes CDS (stability control), REF (electronic brake force distribution), and AFU (emergency brake assist) as well as Hill Assist and intelligent traction control.
Intelligent traction control helps make the 508 more capable of driving off and on slippery road surfaces by exacting more or less wheel slip on each of the front wheels.