Peugeot has switched the 508 from saloon to a fastback bodystyle for its second generation, as the segment battles growing SUV sales.
The new 508, which was revealed at the Geneva motor show, gets a new 5-door body style, as well as styling derived from the Instinct shooting brake concept, revealed at last year’s Geneva show.
Prices for the new fastback start at £25,000 for entry-level Active trim cars, with the 1.5-litre, 129bhp BlueHDi unit. Top-spec First Edition is the most expensive, at £37,400. This pricing puts the 508 £2970 above the entry-level Volkswagen Passat in S trim with 1.4-litre engine, or £995 above the entry-level diesel Passat.
The 508 will get a range-topping plug-in hybrid variant post-launch, with the powertrain taken straight from the 5008 plug-in, due later this year, but it will not have to sacrifice boot space or cabin room to accommodate its batteries like some rivals do, according to 508 project design lead Pierre Paul Mattei.