Peugeot recently revealed the new Peugeot 408, a fastback that the company states is the
first of its kind.
The 408 comes in 2 hybrid variants, both of which combine an 81kW electric motor with an
e-EAT8 gearbox and a 180hp (132kW) or 150hp (110kW) PureTech engine. There is also a
petrol variant which uses a PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S petrol engine.
Like many newly released fastbacks, there is an emphasis on sleek and efficient engineering
that stands out without abandoning the brand’s existing design philosophy. The sky-blue
grille blends smoothly into the front end, minimising any disturbances in the flow of the
vehicle and preserving its streamlined aesthetic. This distinctive fastback silhouette is said to
improve aerodynamic efficiency. Peugeot states that the unexpected rear bumper gives the
profile a ‘strong look’, but it’s hard to look beyond this being a case of the manufacturer
trying to justify an arguably disruptive design choice.
The front boasts the ‘408’ branding above Peugeot’s new emblem, with the fang and clawshaped lights sitting menacingly on the vehicle’s front and back respectively, reminding us
that while it may look different, the 408 is still all Peugeot
The 408 will come equipped with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit (which we have seen on several
other models, namely the 208, 3008 and 5008). The i-Cockpit’s core feature is the compact
steering wheel, which aims to improve handling by providing a closer, more relaxed steering
experience. The 408’s 6-camera, 9-radar driver assistance systems are also present as a
means of ensuring the driver feels safe and in control. The systems include a variety of
functions, from Adaptive Cruise Control and a Rear Traffic Alert to Night Vision and blindspot monitoring up to 75 metres.
The vehicle comes in at a length of 4900mm and a height of 1480mm, with a 2790mm
wheelbase. It has 188mm of rear legroom and a boot ranging between 470 and 540 litres
(depending on the variant), which can be increased by folding the rear seats.
Production for the European market will begin in Mulhouse, France. Following this,
production for the Chinese market will take place in Chengdu, China.
The new Peugeot 408 is due to arrive on the market in early 2023. A fully electric variant of
the 408 is scheduled to follow soon.
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