Peugeot 508 takes aim at Mondeo with rakish fastback styling

The new Peugeot 508 now has a bold new look with which to take on the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the French saloon has been completely redesigned, becoming a rakish fastback with modern design cues.

The front is more muscular than before, with curved LED daytime running lights scything through the bumper and a square-jawed stance. At the back, meanwhile, there’s a Mustang-style bar across the boot lid. And at either end sit Peugeot’s now-trademark ‘lion’s claw’ tail lights.

Inside, the new 508 is a development of Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ design. As in the 208, 308 and 3008, there’s a relatively small steering wheel, behind which you find high-set instruments.

For the new 508, though, those instruments have changed slightly. Eschewing conventional analogue dials, Peugeot has installed a digital instrument display to complement the 10-inch central infotainment screen.

Peugeot 508 2019 Interior Static

The new model will launch in limited-run First Edition guise. Just 200 of these high-specification cars will reach British shores, with customers able to choose one of two engines.

Both units will be among the most powerful in the 508 range. Those preferring petrol can opt for a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 222bhp, while those wanting more torque and economy can have the 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel.

In truth, though, both engines are relatively economical. Officially, the petrol returns 49.6mpg, while the diesel manages 60.1mpg.

Peugeot 508 2019 Red Rear Dynamic

When the ‘standard’ 508 models arrive, though, Peugeot says there will be a range of six different engines. These are expected to include a 1.5-litre diesel with 129bhp and less powerful versions of the First Edition’s 1.6-litre petrol.

As Peugeot’s new flagship, the 508 First Edition will carry a host of on-board technology. Standard equipment includes a 360-degree parking camera, wireless phone charging and a clever infra-red night vision camera.

Set into the digital instrument display, the camera can pick out animals and pedestrians beyond the reach of the headlights, then warn the driver of their presence.

Peugeot 508 First Edition cars are available to order now, but deliveries aren’t expected until later this year. In 2019, an estate version will join the range, while a plug-in hybrid variant is also expected.

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