Peugeot 408 gets a diesel hybrid
THE Peugeot 407 is a popular car overseas, but here it has lagged behind the brand’s star cars at the small end of the scale, with the new 308 getting the most action.
And that’s unlikely to change if the 407’s replacement— the 408 heavily camouflaged in this image captured by Carparazzi— is simply an evolution rather than the huge step in styling that changed the 406 to the 407.
A Peugeot insider says the body will have eye-catching detailing and hard-edged cues, but the differences will be subtle.
‘‘The car will be an evolution, not a revolution,' the source says.
However, Peugeot is not hanging back when it comes to powertrain changes across its ranges and, though few details about the engines have been given, you can be sure the new 408 will have a hybrid drivetrain in the line-up, most likely with a diesel engine rather than petrol.
The French carmaker is pioneering diesel hybrid in cars such as the 3008 and will extend the technology to its next generation of sedans.
A hybrid 408 should be capable of class-leading economy and CO2 of less than 100g/km.
The 408 should share platforms with the Citroen C5, and could include features such as a headsup display and adaptive headlights.
It is expected to be officially revealed and go on sale next year.