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Peugeot shows off dramatic new 408

  • New car mixes fastback and SUV styling with hatchback practicality
  • Uses underpinnings and tech from new 308
  • PHEVs arrive first followed by petrol and pure-electric variants

Time 1:10 pm, June 22, 2022

Peugeot has shown off a dramatically styled new high-riding fastback called the 408.

Slated to appear in Peugeot dealerships in early 2023, the new 408 mates fastback and SUV styling with hatchback practicality, much like the recently launched Citroen C5 X.

The new car is based on the current 308 and uses much of that car’s on-board technology and engine selection, and will be launched as with a pure-electric version in the near future.

Tapping into the firm’s latest design, the 408 incorporates a ‘fang-shaped’ light signature as is found on other Peugeot models, while around the back there’s a three-bar LED setup.

Courtesy of a wheelbase of 2.79m, Peugeot says that the 408 can offer up to 188mm of rear-seat knee room, while its 536-litre boot can be expanded up to 1,611 litres by folding down the back seats.

The 408 also incorporates Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit system, which brings a smaller steering wheel for a more agile driving experience.

It sits ahead of a 10-inch digital instrument display, which can be personalised to showcase a variety of different readouts and information.

Thirty assistance systems have also been included, with highlights being adaptive cruise control, long-range blind-spot monitoring and night vision.

Peugeot says that the 408 will initially launched as a pair of plug-in hybrid versions, with petrol and fully-electric variants arriving later.

All cars get keyless entry as standard, alongside a panoramic electric sunroof and power-operated boot.

Prices for the Peugeot 408 are yet to be announced.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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