Peu­geot 408 gets a diesel hy­brid

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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.

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