Peugeot 408: an electrified sedan that looks like an SUV-coupe

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Peugeot is changing the design codes with its new 408, which resembles a raised sedan along the roofline. quickly back. It will be offered with two plug-in hybrid engines and a petrol engine. An all-electric car is expected to arrive in 2024.

One thing is for sure, Peugeot is a follower of good moves in terms of design. So, after the 208 and the new 308, it’s finally time for the 408. And the least we can say is that she leaves no one indifferent. Although coupe-SUVs are in vogue, not all automakers are amenable to it. This is the case of Peugeot, which offers this 408 with a leaky roof. quickly back midway between a raised sedan and a coupe-SUV… even if the manufacturer refuses to use that last qualifier for its little news.

Peugeot is finally introducing its 408, a mixture of elevated sedan and SUV coupe.

The 4.69m Peugeot 408 sits between the 308 (SW) and 508 station wagons, which are 4.636m and 4.75m respectively. Being taller (1.478 m) than its two brothers, the 408 has the same wheelbase as the 508, namely 2.787 m. Thanks to the EMP2 platform.

In terms of design, Peugeot has adopted some of the elements that made the new 308 a success: front and rear fenders on steroids, a long ribbed bonnet, a grille—nearly invisible—in body colors but amplified light signature with Matrix LED headlights reminiscent of Smilodon fangs.

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It is in profile that you can best appreciate the work of Peugeot designers. Indeed, the body has many folds that emphasize the dynamic side of the car, especially at the level of the black bottom.

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The rear end can’t be beat with that receding roof, a signature feature of the body. quickly back, which completes its race with a very sloping rear window topped with a spoiler. Another distinctive element, two “cat ears” located on the sides, in the upper part of the body. They are used to vent air from spoiler from the trunk. On the way, we will admire this rear panel that stretches like a dagger.

Finally, the taillights, connected by a black stripe, are similar to those of the 308.

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Good ass for that Peugeot 408.

As for the volume of the trunk, the latter reaches 536 liters with the seats unfolded (a good indicator), while the petrol version reaches 1611 liters. In the plug-in hybrid version, its power is reduced by the battery to 471 liters and 1545 liters (seats not folded or folded).

Interior taken from 308

The cockpit is almost the same as the 308, with a 10-inch i-Cockpit with 3D display located behind a two-flat steering wheel with a huge center hub. The 10-inch touchscreen sits below the phone but faces the driver, who will only need to reach out to access it.

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The Peugeot 408 takes the seat in the passenger compartment of the 308.

We find tactile i-Toggles to access “air conditioning settings, phone contacts, radio, application launch… are customizableUnder these labels are piano keys providing direct access to heating, air conditioning, and emergency lights (warning).

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The famous Peugeot i-Toggles.

A transmission tunnel runs between the two front passengers, supporting an eight-speed automatic transmission (EAT-8). It comes with a park button, drive mode selector and brake button (B), regenerative brake for plug-in hybrid versions. Added to all this”33 liters of various storage“, as well as two USB-C ports (for charging and data transfer) and two cup holders. Rear passengers also have access to two USB-C connectors.

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The Peugeot 408 has a long wheelbase of 2,787m and provides 188mm of knee room.

Full of driving aids

In terms of driving assistance or ADAS, this new Peugeot 408, which includes six cameras and nine radars, includes the bare essentials, namely:

  • adaptive cruise control with stop and go function,
  • automatic emergency braking with collision risk warning (works day and night),
  • active warning of unintentional crossing of a line or shoulder,
  • advanced recognition and display of road signs on the digital instrument panel,
  • night vision system,
  • Blind Spot Alert (BLIS),
  • rear traffic alert with 180 degree HD rear view camera,
  • 360° parking assistance.

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The Peugeot 408 is full of driving aids.

As for semi-autonomous driving, Peugeot will later offer (via a remote update?) the Drive Assist 2.0 package. He will “consisting of adaptive cruise control with stop and go function and lane keeping assist“.

There are also two new features: automatic lane change (from 70 km/h to 180 km/h) and “expected speed recommendation“This one offers.”the driver adapts his speed (acceleration or deceleration) according to the speed limit signs“.

Two plug-in hybrids and petrol; electric for later

In terms of motorization, the 408 mimics its “little” sister, the 308, with two plug-in hybrids, one with 133 kW (180 hp) and the other with 165 kW (225 hp). This is called “cumulative” power. 1.6 Puretech internal combustion engine with 110 kW (150 hp) or 132 kW (180 hp) with 250 Nm of torque is accompanied by a front-mounted permanent magnet synchronous motor with 81 kW (110 hp) and a torque of 320 Nm.

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The kit is powered by a battery with a capacity of 12.4 kWh, the autonomy of which in pure electricity is not reported. On the other hand, a full charge from a household outlet (8 A with a 3.7 kW charger) will take 7 hours 05 minutes, from a reinforced outlet (14 A with an on-board charger of 3.7 kW) – 3 hours and 55 minutes . h 40 min from Wallbox (32 A with 7.4 kW on-board charger).

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Beautiful design on the 21-inch wheel of the new Peugeot 408.

Finally, the petrol version is powered by a 130 hp Puretech engine delivering 230 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission, the only transmission offering for the entire range. On the other hand, the manufacturer, unfortunately, ignores diesel.

If a 100% electric version is planned within two years, we’re surprised we haven’t found a light-hybrid 1.5 turbo-hybrid engine in the Alfa Romeo Tonale and Jeep Compass, for example.

As for the price, no announcements have been made, but logic dictates that the price list is inserted between the 308 SUV and the 3008 SUV. Orders will be open from July 2022.

With its quirky styling, Peugeot has once again managed to offer a unique vision for the sedan of tomorrow. The 408 also allows Lion to take market share from the Renault Arkana, which has been a resounding success since the beginning of the year.

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