New Peugeot 508 2022 – Four years after its launch, the second generation of 508 will review its copy. Besides aesthetic changes, expected mainly at the bow, the Sochaux sedan will benefit from an overhaul of its engines and an update of its equipment.
In 2018, Peugeot changed everything for get his sedan afloat. In a category falling into disuse, suffering the full brunt of competition from SUVs, the placid 508 has beefed up its game by adopting the stylistic codes of low-profile Mercedes CLA sedans, in favor of dynamism, even if it means giving up certain practical aspects, in particular in terms of accessibility to the rear seats. But great good for him to exchange his cramped trunk opening for a wide tailgate, much more welcoming.
A difficult career
If the Peugeot 508 shines on the French market, in terms of sales, its global volumes remain low. After having sold nearly 60,000 copies in 2019, its first full year, it saw this figure collapse almost by half, last year, with 32,194 units having found a taker. By way of comparison, on the French market alone, more than 45,000 Peugeot 3008 were sold in 2020… despite a 38% plunge compared to the previous year.
A solid image
Mixed sales results for the 508, despite the love rating it enjoys, especially since the launch of its high performance variant, called PSE. Peugeot hopes to improve the image of its sedan thanks to 360 hp plug-in hybrid which drives it, to compete with the top names in the premium segment, across the Rhine. Like what the French manufacturer still believes in its success, and will not save a facelift mid-career.
The gaping mouth
In the course of 2022, a Peugeot 508 with a revised bow is expected. Like the recent 308, it will open its “mouth” more to place the new Lion enthroned on its grille. This will involve the overhaul of his shield, but maybe not of its optics, for budgetary reasons. However, the latter will slide towards a matrix technology with LED, to be updated. On the flanks, the Peugeot coat of arms should also dress the front fenders, with a high finish, while rims with a new design will appear. At the rear, the changes will certainly be more subtle. Only the bottom of the shield could be revised, as well as the interior design of the lights.
3.0 in the cockpit
On board, do not expect any revolution. The new Lion will invite itself to the hub of the steering wheel, while the central touch screen will increase its diagonal, just as it will integrate a more efficient multimedia system. Under the driver’s eyes, the i-Cockpit Amplified panel could inherit the 3D technology inaugurated by the Peugeot 208. Unless the house engineers prefer the head-up display in augmented reality of its close cousins (new DS4 and Citroën C5 X). Be that as it may, the new Peugeot 508 will improve its security armada, in particular by increasing its autonomous driving capabilities.
Whether Peugeot will renew the turbulent PSE variant remains to be seen, at the time of this restyling. Hopefully, by next year, the sportswoman in the catalog will have found her audience, despite the € 67,100 that she is asking for at least. If it were unfortunately to abandon its 360 hp PHEV, we already know thatit will democratize its plug-in hybrid offer by an entry-level cumulating more reasonably 180 hp, in addition to the blocks currently accusing 225 hp. As for thermal engines, it is to be feared that the 508 will definitely give up diesel, when most of its gasoline offering will convert to 48 V light hybridization.
New Peugeot 508 price
All these evolutions expected on the 508 sedan will obviously benefit the SW estate silhouette. The facelift of our two Franche-Comté should be revealed my-2022, when marketing will take place in the fall, with a base rate estimated at around € 36,000.
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