2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Peugeot 508

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2010

Peugeot introduced today the 2011 508 sedan and station wagon at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The 508 range’s engine line-up will be composed of two petrol units and four diesel powerplants (which will all come with a Diesel Particulate Filter).

These will be partnered with a six-speed manual gearbox or to a six-speed automatic transmission. Included in the petrol engine range is a 1.6 liter VTi that offers 120 hp and 160 Nm (144 grams of CO2 per km).

In addition, Peugeot offers a 1.6 liter THP generating 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 line-up comprises a 1.6 liter HDI with an output of 112 hp and 285 Nm (109 g/km), a 2.0 liter HDI giving 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 use Peugeot’s HYbrid4 technology. This offers 200 hp, four-wheel drive and CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km. The interior is of very high quality and will feature color head-up display, four-zone air conditioning, and keyless entry and startup.

The 508 displays the style of vehicle that seems to have been "sculpted from a solid.” This was prompted by the search for a vehicle whose contours are streamlined and perfectly balanced. Thus the 508 reflects the ambition to have quality, elegance, and robustness.

Peugeot 508’s front clearly shows that the development involved Marque's latest stylistic codes that were originally revealed as a SR1 concept car. The single grille for example has a "floating" style rendering. The headlamps give a visual expression given that its "LED tubes" can be seen whether it’s day or night.

At the back are three red "claws" mask and three rows of LEDs on its Saloon. The 508 SW has a red band that can light up when the lights in the rear are activated giving it a composite feel. The passenger compartment has that exclusive ambience and this is heightened by the durability, the materials used and the meticulous finish.

Even the elegant yet simple fascia style adds as well. Then there is the use of technologies like the four-zone air conditioning, "hands-free" access and start-up, and colour "head-up display". Owing to the proportions of the car, passengers get to enjoy a more privileged status.

The SW model for example improves satisfaction with its large and glass panoramic roof. Even the boot is accommodating and practical .The Saloon for example has 45 litres of liquid or around 515 dm3 based on VDA standards. The SW meanwhile has 660 litres of liquid or about 560 dm3 VDA.

The back seats can be folded in one simple movement, increasing the volume even further. For the SW, it now has 1,865 litres or 1,598 dm3 VDA. The Saloon also increased and now has 1,581 litres of liquid or about 1,381 dm3 VDA.

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