Peugeot 508 unveiled

Peugeot has revealed its new 508 saloon, a model that's intended to replace both the 407 and 607 when it goes on sale next year.

While few technical details have been released, the manufacturer is promising a 200bhp Hybrid4 version of the car with all-wheel drive and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The 508 also introduces a production tuned version of the new design language that Peugeot previewed with the SR1 Concept Car.

The manufacturer says the new model has been designed to reduce weight, improve aerodynamics and enhance environmental efficiency. An estate version will also be on offer.

The 508 uses the same platform as the current 407, but sits between that car and the 607 in terms of size. Large saloons are seen as a critical segment in the burgeoning Chinese market, and the PSA Group intends to build all the cars sold there in country.

Peugeot hasn't revealed which engines will make it into the 508, but all the diesels will apparently benefit from the manufacturer's new e-HDI stop start system.

The Hybrid4 system will not be available from launch, but the technology, which includes a rear axle driven by an electric motor, should be offered on the 508 shortly afterwards.

The car will be revealed to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October and go on sale at the beginning of 2011.
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