2018 Peugeot 508 at the fair in Geneva

Peugeot 508 sedan to a Coupe bodystyle for its second-generation, such as the segment battles growing SUV sales has changed.

The all-new 508, which is on show in Geneva, gets a new 5-door body style, as well as styling derived from the instinct shooting brake concept revealed at last year’s Geneva Salon.

A rear light bar with LED lights, is just of the instinct concept and front-end styling, the car look more aggressive than the previous 508.

The 508, a sober-looking, four-door sedan, is formerly now a now a much more stylish bustle-backed five-door with frameless doors and “sharp and sculptures” lines. It is about 6cm lower than most competitors in its class, and looks low and smooth, although it is 8cm is about shorter overall.

The range is topped by a 222bhp Puretech petrol engine variants, six petrol and diesel engines from launch, with the entry-level car is getting a 1.5-litre, 128bhp BlueHDi unit – the only 508 available with a manual transmission. 2.0-litre 158bhp and 178bhp BlueHDi Diesel will also feature, as well as a 2.0-litre 178bhp Puretech petrol engine.

The 508 is expected to be a plug-in hybrid variant, post-launch, with the drivetrain, just the 5008 plug-in, due out later this year.

Other tech highlights include a series of driver-assistance systems, as well as an infra-red camera integrated into the Auto-pedestrian-detection-system to help in the detection of pedestrians at night. Inside the 508, Peugeot is the second generation i-Cockpit system, with a 10in the Central touchscreen and 12.3 in TFT display in place of the conventional tubes behind the steering wheel.

Where the former 508-sales were almost exclusively diesel, Peugeot expects a higher gasoline-bias for the new car is expected to be a 68/32 split in favour of the diesel to the brand.

The 508 is the renewal, is to wane a bit due to a surprise move by Peugeot – sedan market, the car market up to the terrain, while sales of the 508 have never sold at the top of the 140,0000 in France in the year 2010. Sales have steadily declined since then, with 82,000 home-market sold the car last year.

With a renewed focus on design and a fresh body style, the 508 is the beginning of a reaffirmation of the PSA, the support of large sedans is marked, with sister brand Citroën is working on a ‘luxurious’ Salon for the launch in 2019 or 2020.

The car platform remains the same – the PSA EMP2 platform that also underpins many of the models, including the 3008 and 5008 SUVs, Vauxhall Grand country X, DS 7, cross back, and Citroën Picasso-Vans.

Fastback rear is also a departure from its conventional sedan predecessor and increases the boot capacity of 473 litres to 485.

UK-specs are not yet confirmed for a long time but a price increase of around £800 over the board and keep the 508, the prices that are competitive with rivals, although some of the braid will increase by less or more than this. Orders will be later this year, with first deliveries tilted, before 2019.

Peugeot, Europe-in-chief Maxime Picat cites CO2 as the biggest problem. He believes that model range, costs, and production problems are largely in sync with the company’s wishes, but the 2020 fleet requirement for the 95g/km is hard. Harder for others, as a PSA, though, he says. Believe you have the solutions, based on “the four” – gasoline, diesel, EV, and PHEV, as well as the flexibility to change.

Diesel demand fell by 5% in the whole of Europe between 2016 and 2017, and there are more to come. But the 3-cylinder 1.2-litre variants is PSA defense against the worst of it. A 3-cylinder 508 will appear at the end of the 2018 and ‘works great’.

Picat believes it is a case that has found for large sedans, namely the research of about 508, people who want manufacturers to “give us back our sense of style”. The reported next Citroen sedan “final” but Picat could not be more accurate than “by the year 2020”.

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