The key attraction of Peugeot's new flagship saloon, the new 508, is a diesel hybrid that emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per km. The saloon from France will be making debut this September at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
The new Peugeot 508 hybrid is equipped with a 2.0-liter EU5 diesel engine that delivers up to 160 bhp of max motive power, as partnered to an electric motor mounted on the rear axle of the vehicle. The 2.0-liter EU5 diesel engine is mounted to power the front wheels of the new 508 hybrid. The new 508 hybrid system will give this Peugeot model, which is sized like BMW 5-series, the fuel economy similar to that of a Toyota Prius.
When the electric motor cuts in, the new Peugeot 508 hybrid would operate in four-wheel drive, with the diesel engine driving the front wheels and the motor the rears. Measuring 4.8 meters in length, 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 new Peugeot 508 will replace the 607, and will likely appeal to many French politicians as well. The Peugeot 508 will start arriving in dealerships in the United Kingdom in mid of 2011, or about six months after other customers in the European Union.
The Peugeot 508 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's disguise.
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 engine, will be scrapped. The most sellable engine is expected to be the 2.0 HDi unit that delivers up to 160 bhp of output, while the range-topping engine would be the 3.0-liter V6 mill that provides 237 bhp of motive power and mated to a six-speed auto gearbox.
The key petrol engine for the new Peugeot will be the turbo 1.6 mill delivering 156 bhp of peak output. 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]