Peugeot has launched its new 508 saloon at the Paris motor show.
The 508 is intended to replace both the 407 and 607 when it goes on sale next year, and Peugeot is promising a 200bhp Hybrid4 version of the car with all-wheel drive and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
The 508 introduces a production tuned version of the new design language that Peugeot previewed with the SR1 Concept Car presented to the world at the beginning of this year.
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.
What will be available from launch is the 1.6-litre e-HDI FAP 508 with stop-start technology, featuring 53.4mpg and 114g/km CO2 emissions – impressive stuff for a saloon of this size.
The 508 can be bought in saloon or estate format, and the load-lugger will probably prove to be the most popular option with UK buyers.
Prices will be confirmed nearer to the on sale date in early 2011.