THE highly awarded Peugeot 508 has arrived in Australia sporting class-leading technology and drive trains, and a complete new look, all neatly wrapped-up in two stunning body styles.
Available in Fastback or Sportswagon, the all-new 508 hits the road from $53,990 and $55,990 respectively, and is available in GT form only, with exterior colour choice and an opening panoramic sunroof the only options.
Each body style will be powered by an all-new, high-output version of Peugeot’s proven 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol 4-cylinder engine developing 165kW of power and 300Nm of torque.
First previewed on the recently introduced 308 GT, the new engine is paired to an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission. The strong drive train, combined with the vehicle’s light overall weight, delivers impressive performance and fuel economy.
The 508 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds (8.2 seconds for Sportwagon), yet consumes just 6.3-litres/100km of fuel on a combined cycle.
Peugeot Australia managing director Ben Farlow said that while the term ‘all-new’ is one that tends to get over-used in modern times, in the case of the Peugeot 508 the vehicle is actually all-new, not just in design but also in its thinking, engineering and intent.
“The Peugeot 508 arrives at a time when the sedan segment is ripe for a shake-up. Not only is the 508 outstanding value, it’s great to look at, great to drive and it stands out in its class,” Mr Farlow said.
Compared to its predecessor, the next generation 508 is lighter, lower and shorter, but offers greater interior space and more technology, not to mention a substantially better presence on the road.
If you choose the opening panoramic sunroof it will set you back $2,500, while there are nine paint colours, Hurricane Grey being the only free option. There are six metallic and two pearlescent paint colours to choose from.
The new Peugeot 508 comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 5-year roadside assistance and a five-year Service Price Promise program.