The key attraction of Peugeot's new flagship saloon, the 508, is a 99g/km diesel hybrid. The saloon will debut this September at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The 508 hybrid is equipped with a 160bhp 2.0-litre EU5 diesel partnered to a rear-mounted electric motor. The 508 hybrid will give this Peugeot model, which is sized like BMW 5-series, the fuel economy of a Prius.
When the electric motor cuts in, the 508 hybrid operates in four-wheel drive, with the diesel driving the front wheels and the motor the rears. Measuring 4.8m long, the 508 is as long as the '5 by Peugeot' show car shown at Geneva this year but is significantly larger than the 407 it directly replaces.
It is believed that the 508 will replace the 607, and will likely appeal to many French politicians as well. The Peugeot 508 will arrive in UK dealerships in mid-2011, about six months after other EU customers.
The production car is very close to the concept. Details on the concept, such as the square grille, wrap-around headlights and prominent bonnet plinth for the Lion badge, are obvious through the blue car'sdisguise.
Other features that will make production are the concept's "waisted" look, in which the body narrows around the cabin, and the roofline that sweeps down to the rear decklid. An update will be made to the engine lineup, with EU5-compliant units carrying over from the 407.
Meanwhile, older EU4 units, including the 2.2-litre diesel, will be scrapped. The most sellable engine is expected to be the 160bhp 2.0 HDi, and the range-topping engine is the 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 mated to a six-speed auto 'box.
The key petrol engine will be the 156bhp turbo 1.6. The diesel hybrid will go on sale in mid-2012, about a year after the start of sales for the mainstream models. The diesel hybrid is expected to feature a lithium ion battery pack. [via autocar]