Stylish new 2018 Peugeot 508 saloon spied for the first time

The next-generation Peugeot 508, due towards the end of the year, has been spotted testing wearing a full-length disguise, but with its overall proportions clear to see.

Peugeot’s Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport rival has always offered buyers a stylish and distinctive option. The market has previously had other ideas though, with the 508’s ambitious pricing working against it, and the public’s preference shifting from hatchbacks and saloons to SUVs.

Just as Volkswagen has done with its Arteon, however, Peugeot has shifted the new 508’s design philosophy away from the conventional saloon, and towards the four-door coupe fastback. Such a move embraces the low looks achievable with a saloon shape, adding kudos as well as high-speed stability, and the potential for a more aerodynamic – and therefore quieter and more efficient – shape.

Previous exclusive images have indicated the 508 will feature a prominent front grille and a swept-back rear, and those cues look to be present in the recently-spotted test car. Indeed, the fact the 508 has reached this stage indicates Peugeot is gearing up for imminent production, and you should expect to see the new 508 within the next six months or so.

When it officially arrives, we’ll be able to tell whether the significant sections of gloss-black trim that have become a Peugeot trademark will be present on the new 508 – but it’s a fair bet they will. Expect advanced and characterful LED lights front and rear, while Peugeot’s lion mascot should be more prominent than ever.

Peugeot has previously proven it’s adept at adjusting to market trends: the latest Peugeot 3008 kept its predecessor’s name, but morphed from a slow-selling MPV into a desirable SUV. Customer deposits followed, as did awards – including Carbuyer’s gong for Car of the Year 2017.

Inside the 508, the latest version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital dashboard will almost certainly be fitted as standard, while the design team behind the 3008’s luxurious and distinctive interior should be allowed free rein, given the plaudits won by that car’s cabin.

The new Peugeot 508 won’t just be forward-looking aesthetically though: we expect it to be offered with conventional petrol and diesel engines and also as a performance hybrid. This is likely to comprise a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine for the front wheels and an electric motor for the rears. Such a setup allows for impressive performance, decent fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions of under 50g/km – a benchmark that, if met, will allow the 508 to sit in the lowest company-car tax bracket possible and exempt it from the London Congestion Charge.

We expect the new Peugeot 508 to be priced from around £25,000 when it goes on sale in 2018.

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