Peugeot’s D-segment contender the 508 has received a nip-and-tuck treatment that brings mostly cosmetic enhancements to the exterior, and a revised engine lineup.
The 508 range consists of the Sedan, SW wagon, and another one that’s not available here in Malaysia, the RXH. Throughout the range, the 508 gets a totally new face, with full LED headlamps on the top of the range models. The main grille has been shifted upwards, bringing the lion that used to be on top of the bonnet into the grille. A pair of new taillights and a redesigned rear bumper is only for the Sedan while the SW and RXH retains their existing taillights.
Nothing much is changed inside, a 7-inch touch screen that sits in the middle of the dash helps to clear some buttons off the central panel, and there’s a new closed storage box in the center console. Blind Spot Sensors and a reverse camera have been added to the equipment list, that already includes keyless entry and starting, auto electric parking brake, quad-zone climate control, and a JBL sound system.
As for the revised engine lineup, the petrol range consists of a 1.6-litre VTi 120 paired to a 6-speed manual, and a new 1.6-litre THP 165 that replaces the 1.6-litre THP 156 with a choice of a 6-speed manual or the new EAT6 6-speed auto.
For diesel, these five engines are carried over from the pre-facelifted 508, a 1.6-litre e-HDi 115, 2.0-litre HDi 140, 2.0-litre BlueHDi 150, 2.0-litre HDi 160, and a 2.2-litre HDi 200 in the 508 GT. All can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto, with the exception of the HDi 140 and BlueHDi 150 only available with the manual transmission, and the HDi 200 is only offered with the automatic transmission. A new addition to the diesel lineup is the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 paired to a 6-speed automatic.
There’s also the 508 HYbrid4, that combines a 2.0-litre HDi that drives the front wheels with a 37 hp electric motor to power the rear wheels.
The revised 508 will be displayed at the Paris Motor Show in October together with the 308 GT, and in Europe sales will start from November. It will be launched in China from January 2015, so we can expect it to be here in Malaysia soon afterwards.