Fleet focus for Peugeot’s premium new 508
Peugeot has re-invented the 508 as an A5 Sportback-like four-door coupe, targeting higher residuals and low running costs for its fleet-weighted customer base.
Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, ahead of first orders later this summer, the second-generation 508 is lighter and shorter end-to-end than its predecessor, with a lower roofline, frameless windows and rear hatchback.
Peugeot said the range is engineered with fleets firmly in mind; across Europe, two thirds of 508 volume goes to business users. The redesign is aimed at curbing the decline of the D-segment in Europe, as customers move to premium brands and SUVs.
There are six engine options; two petrol units at 178bhp and 222bhp, and BlueHDI diesels at 128bhp, 158bhp and 188bhp. In line with segment trends, the 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel is the only one available with a manual transmission, though it can also be equipped with the same eight-speed automatic used on the rest of the range.
Peugeot said CO2 emissions range from 98g/km for the most efficient diesel, while the BlueHDI 180 comes in at 123g/km. A plug-in hybrid will follow in autumn 2019.
Inside, the 508 gets the familiar i-Cockpit layout with an instrument cluster mounted on top of the dashboard – this is likely to be digital on all versions in the UK, based on the 3008 and 5008. All except the entry-level version will get a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone-like capacitive controls, also offering Android and Apple app streaming and TomTom live traffic information.