Peugeot has released further details on the 508 saloon and SW ahead of the car's debut at the Paris Motor Show. It will replace the 407 model, which had a strong start but waned a little in popularity in recent years.
The 508 is a good-looking car and if it is built to the same quality as recent releases - such as the 3008 and 5008 - then you can expect good things.
The new model will be available as a saloon and an SW estate. In terms of style, the 508 adopts a single floating grille and what Peugeot calls 'piercing' headlamps - these are a clear link to the stunning SR1 concept car.
Interior dimensions are on a par with what was Peugeot's previous flagship model, the 607, and so the 508 offers much greater legroom than the 407 in the rear. As a result, Peugeot says that two people well over six-foot tall can be comfortably seated one behind the other.
Luggage space is generous, with 545 litres for the saloon and 660 litres for the SW. With the rear seat folded in one movement to form a flat floor, the volume rises to 1,581 litres for the saloon and 1,865 litres for the SW.
Under the bonnet, there is a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines offering a power output from 112- up to 204bhp. The 508 engine range will further include the latest Peugeot HDi developments, including a stop-start system that helps reduce emissions to just 109g/km.
In 2012, HYbrid4 technology will be introduced, with its 200hp and all-wheel drive potential, while emitting just 99g/km of CO2 (or zero in electric mode).
All Peugeot 508s will come with latest-generation ESP, which includes CDS (stability control), EBA (emergency brake assist) and EBFD (electronic brake force distribution). Also featured are Hill Assist and 'intelligent' traction control, which should improve the vehicle's ability to move off and be driven on slippery road surfaces. The 508 is equipped with six airbags and two Isofix fixtures. The front seats have new curved head restraints developed to combat the effects of a rear collision and whiplash.
The 508 will be presented to the public for the first time at the beginning of October at the Paris Motor Show. Prices and specifications for the Irish market will be announced closer to launch. The 508 will go on sale in Europe at the beginning of 2011 and in Ireland by April 2011. However, it is estimated that the 508 will have a starting price of around €25,000.