Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the 508 Touring marks a welcome addition to the market for those unenthused by the glut of SUVs on offer.
Long, low and sleek, the Touring rides on Peugeot's lightweight EMP2 platform, and with the company's 3008 and 5008 SUVs already available, its designers have been allowed to create a genuinely expressive shooting brake-style design. Compared to the previous 508 iteration, this version is around 70kg lighter and the silhouette is lower and more tightly packaged around its wheelbase.
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This far ahead of launch, pricing and specifications are still yet to be confirmed, but the 508 will feature the sort of high specification levels demanded by Australian buyers and include standard safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
The car’s interior includes the third iteration of Peugeot i-Cockpit, with the now-familiar tiny steering wheel and compact main instrument binnacle.
Like its sedan counterpart, the 508 Touring range toppers will feature a 169kW 1.6-litre, turbo-petrol engine paired with an Aisin-designed, eight-speed automatic transmission. Providing a more accessible entry point to the range is a 135kW version. Tipping the scales from just 1420kg, the 169kW variants deliver a power to weight ratio of 119kW/tonne with the 133kW cars managing 94kW/tonne.
Lift the tailgate, and the 508 Touring will swallow 530 litres when filled up to the level of the parcel shelf, which expands to 1780 litres once the rear seats are tumbled forward. That’s more than 110 litres roomier than the Holden Commodore Tourer’s cargo bay.
“Over the past five-years, Peugeot has completely reinvented its product range and the all-new 508 will challenge segment norms, while delivering a vehicle that is not just enjoyable to drive, but great to look at,” said Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Ben Farlow.
“The Peugeot ‘5-series’ has always held a fond place in the hearts and minds of generations of Australian motorists,” he added. “This all-new 508 is set to reignite the passion for Peugeots that stretches back almost 100 years locally.”