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Peugeot introduced the 508 PSE in July 2020, not as a facelift but more as a flagship sedan for the French brand.
It offered racing technologies for street applications.
Peugeot is one of the oldest brands in the motoring industry. Even if it started with coffee mills and bicycles, the French brand made its way into the world, and its name was tightened with victories on various races such as the LeMans, Paris-Dakar, Pike’s Peak or the World Rally Championship.
The 508 PSE featured a new front fascia, with an LED strip for the daytime running lights that crossed the headlight onto the front bumper. The Kryptonite color (a special gray) was offered exclusively on the PSE range. They used the same color for the three-claws badges on the back and the car’s side. The coupe-like shape of the 508 sedan was acclaimed for its beauty and its frameless windows.
Inside, the French specialist put the three-claw badge on the bottom of the steering wheel, but in green-lime accents. Another line with the same color crossed the dashboard. The Peugeot i-Cockpit graphic animations and the central 10-inch HD capacitive touchscreen have adopted the division’s signature for an even more upscale feel.
The powertrain was a significant development. It featured a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that offered 360 hp. The battery pack could recharge in less than two hours from a 7kW wall-box socket or seven hours from a standard home outlet. It featured a 42 km (26 miles) range on EV mode. On top of that, the 508 PSE was all-wheel-drive. The gasoline engine powered the front wheels while the electric motor sent its power to the rear axle.
If someone would have asked me years ago if Peugeot could ever make such a beautiful car, I would’ve said no.
Surprisingly, over the past few years, Peugeot raised the bar with exceptional designs and great features.
The Peugeot 508 had an impressive design. While it looked like a 5-door sedan, a closer look would make you understand that it was more a proper 5-door coupe due to the frameless doors and the lowered roofline.
In the front, what seemed like an innovation was the hood lid made of ABS. Its purpose was clear with regards to the pedestrians, however, the way Peugeot integrated it into the bumper was beautiful. The headlamps of the 508 looked like real jewelries. What was more, the 508 logo was placed on the front bumper, like never before.
The roof was also unusual, having a concave structure.
Once you opened the door of the 2018 508, the beautiful interior would hit you instantly. Soft materials, perforated suede, flawless stitches, bottom cut steering wheel, cupholders, armrest, nice leather. Of course, we are talking about the top of the range.
Both legroom and headroom was satisfying for the rear passengers, while it might not have looked so from the outside. The 508 looks smaller on the outside and properly optimised on the inside.
The 508 was equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist and lane assist.
One of the Peugeot’s best selling family sedan in France, the 508 was restyled in 2014.
The biggest changes in 2014 included modernised equipment, a new Diesel engine and an automatic gearbox that was not available for the previous model.
The interior design wasn’t changed very much, as the classical look was well appreciated in the past. However, practicality was improved. The GPS that was placed on the center console was moved with the new touchscreen interface borrowed from the Peugeot 308.
New equipments included blind spot alert, a rear-view camera that was standard on the Feline and the GT trim level and a full-LED options.
As before, the 5088 offered generous space for the passengers in the rear seats, as well as a good size trunk of 515 L.
The most important change was represented by the 2.0-liter engine that developed 150 hp or 180 hp. The 180 hp version could be mated with the new 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The top of the range was the 2.2-liter HDi engine with 204 hp, a more powerful and refined powerplant.
The Peugeot 508 was not a cheap car, and with the new looks, Peugeot raised the prices as well.
The range started at around $23.000 and could go up to around $40.000 for the most equipped 508 with the GT trim levels.
The Peugeot 508 was released in 2010 as a replacement of the Peugeot 407 and the Peugeot 607 altogether, combining a family oriented sedan with a luxurious looking large vehicle.
The Peugeot 508 was revealed at the Paris Motor Show and was available as a saloon or a SW estate.
Peugeot came with a surprise and released a diesel-electric Hybrid4 model that emitted only 85g/km of CO2.
The 508 was the best family saloon the Peugeot had ever done by that time. The design looked striking from any angle and was a complete makeover of the models it replaced.
The trunk capacity was a great 512 liters, better than most in the 508’s class. The 508’s trunk could be opened by pressing the 0 button in the “508” badge.
Being a family oriented sedan, both headroom and legroom in the back seats was good and the middle seat was comfortable as well due to the transmission’s reduced height in the center.
Although a large car, the 508 was easy to drive around town as well due to the very good visibility.
Inside the cabin Peugeot used quality materials for the dashboard. The instrument dials were very pleasing and users could use the heads-up display as well to avoid taking their eyes off the road.