The premiere of the second generation Peugeot 508 took place five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, and since then the appearance of the flagship family has hardly become outdated. However, during this time, Peugeot managed to sweep away the corporate logo and switch to frameless radiator grilles, so the planned restyling came in handy.
So, in the updated 508s, the grille is still enclosed between the headlights, but the “fangs” now act as borders: there are three of them on each side, which, according to the designers, should symbolize the claws of a lion. They are indeed somewhat shorter than the fangs of the “king of beasts”, therefore, from the point of view of biology, the shortening of the vertical modules is justified. Previously, such a solution was tested on the Leman hypercar Peugeot 9X8.
The shape of the taillights remains the same, but the LED “stuffing” has been revised: the side lights have become thinner and tilted towards the license plate frame, like the 408 cross-liftback. Between them, instead of the lion emblem, there is now just the inscription “Peugeot”. New 18-inch wheels called Epherra have been added to the wheel assortment, and white, blue and another gray have added to the range of body colors.
The main innovation in the cabin is a tiny “machine” selector on the central tunnel (this is also an attribute of corporate style). The 10-inch touchscreen of the multimedia system looks old, but the firmware upgrade made it possible to increase the usefulness of the voice assistant and introduce over-the-air updates, and the digital dashboard has new information display modes.
At the same time, Peugeot decided to make the version with a hybrid power plant with the possibility of recharging from the network more accessible, for which a 180-horsepower modification was added to the range. The new 408 has exactly the same: a 1.6-liter turbo engine (it is derated from 180 to 150 hp) is assisted by an 80-kilowatt electric motor, which is powered by a 12.4 kW lithium-ion battery. h (was 11.8 kWh). The “senior” 225-horsepower hybrid and all-wheel drive version of Sport Engineered (360 hp, 520 Nm) have an increased usable battery capacity – the only technical change.
Sales of updated liftbacks and station wagons will begin in the summer of 2023, and the car can be ordered and paid online. The petrol sedan now starts at 44,350 euros and the plug-in hybrid is available for 52,050 euros without options, but with the update, the model will probably go up a bit.