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Quality, purity, efficiency… the Peugeot 508 embodies the Marque’s new expression in the segment of grand touring cars.

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With the 508, Peugeot continues its international offensive: produced in france for all markets (excluding China), it will also be built in China from this year for the world’s largest developing car market.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

With the 508, Peugeot reaffirms its presence and its ambitions in one of its traditional strong suits, the grand touring car segment. Over a period of several decades, every model in the “40X” and “50X” range has left an indelible imprint on its time: due to a unique blend of style, road holding, versatility and robustness.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

The 508 is a modern, forward-looking vehicle, perfectly attuned to the aspirations of customers who have moved with the times: demanding, dynamic and responsible. It comprises of two complementary body styles: a Saloon (with a length of 4.79 m) and an SW (4.81 m). Quality, purity and efficiency are the bywords that guided every aspect of the car’s design, offering a multi-faceted appeal to its owners with emotion as its central theme.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

Guided by the search for perfectly balanced and streamlined contours, the style of the 508 suggests a vehicle “sculpted from a solid”, reflecting aspirations of elegance, robustness and build quality.

At the front, the 508 illustrates the development of the Marque’s latest stylistic codes first unveiled on the SR1 concept car, with a single grille rendered

in a “floating” style and piercing headlamps with a particularly marked visual expression, like its “LED tubes” visible both by day and by night. Similarly, at the rear, three red “claws” mask three rows of LEDs on the Saloon. The SW for its part has a more composite feel, with a red band that lights up when the rear lights are activated.

The simple and elegant style of the fascia, the materials used, the meticulous finish, the durability and the technologies deployed (colour “head-up display”, four-zone air conditioning, “hands-free” access and start-up…) add to the exclusive ambience of the passenger compartment. Each passenger enjoys a privileged status thanks in particular to the car’s excellent proportions. On the SW this in-car satisfaction is enhanced by the large panoramic glass roof (1.62 m2 glazed surface area). The boot too, is practical and accommodating, with a generous volume of 545 litres of liquid (515 dm3 according to the VDA standard) for the Saloon and 660 litres of liquid (560 dm3 VDA) for the SW. With the seat backs folded (they fold in one easy movement) to form a flat floor, this volume rises to 1581 litres of liquid (1381 dm3 VDA) for the Saloon and 1865 litres (1598 dm3 VDA) for the SW.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

Environmental efficiency was a pivotal concern from the very start of the project with, initially, optimisation of the car’s aerodynamics (a Cx starting from 0.26 and a SCx of 0.60) and a weight reduction compared to the 407 (despite the increase in size and specifications). Under the bonnet, the 508 benefits from engines offering a power output from 82 to 150 kW (112 to 204 bhp). Each one is positioned particularly well in its category, both in respect of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but also in terms of performance and responsiveness.

This range, which begins with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km with the new e-hDi system, will eventually include hYbrid4 technology with its potential of 147 kW (200 bhp) and 4 wheel drive, starting from just 99 g/km of CO2 . The top-of-the-range engine at the time of launch is the new 2.2 litre HDi FAP 150 kW (204 bhp) offering a level of performance superior to the 407 diesel V6 but with a carbon footprint reduced by more than 30%!

Emotion, with the 508, also finds expression through driving enjoyment, a characteristic highly prized by the Marque. The 508 will be available with two types of suspension: a new McPherson type front axle for the majority of the range, ensuring a top quality blend of comfort and road holding, and a drop link dual wishbone front axle on the “GT” version for enhanced dynamic road holding to match the performance of the 2.2 litre HDi FAP 204 bhp engine.

Derived from Peugeot’s extensive experience in the field of “exclusive” touring cars (referred to internally as the M2 or D segment), the Marque, as with each previous generation, has recognised the expectations of customers in this segment. In Europe, two thirds of this customer type is made up of corporate fleet vehicles, often as company cars.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

Customers who are active, committed, experienced and in search of modernity and status, albeit free of ostentation, who hold fast to certain values and are aware of their responsibilities. Such buyers are drawn increasingly to spacious, timeless and efficient cars: efficient in terms of liveliness, but also and not least in terms of greater efficiency. Naturally they require a car that will see them easily and comfortably through long journeys, at the same time guaranteeing durability.

From the outset, engineering choices underlying the “W2” project (its internal code name) were based on platform 3 of the PSA Group to obtain a particularly refined “architectural efficiency” with:

-a long wheelbase (+ 9.2 cm compared to the 407), and a generous capacity for the rear passengers;

-engineering choices allowing a reduced front overhang (- 4.3 cm compared to the 407) and a longer rear overhang, paving the way for an improved stylistic balance and everyday practicality (with a significantly larger boot volume);

-dimensions, particularly width and height, permitting optimised aerodynamics.

Optimised aerodynamics and weight reduction were key priorities from the very start of the project, in order to ensure the best possible environmental performance. The 508 offers excellent Cx and SCx values: the best versions have an SCx of 0.60 (Cx of 0.26) for the Saloon and 0.62 (Cx of 0.27) for the SW, i.e. among the best in the segment for each body shape. Similarly, a desire to “optimise weight” gave rise to an “upward spiral” benefiting both the car’s fuel consumption and also its passive safety and dynamic performance. Every design element, every technique used, every part of the vehicle was fine-tuned in this sense, a policy which applied to all area of the car’s fabrication: magnesium fascia panel cross member, aluminium bonnet, laser welding of the roof, use of high-strength steel, engine soundproofing at source, etc. Based on like-for-like engines, the 508 weighs 25 kg less than the 407 for the Saloon, and 45 kg less for the SW, a performance which takes into account its size (larger by 10.1 cm for the saloon and 4.8 cm for the SW).

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

Quality is another key priority of the 508 design brief. It is the result of a continuous search for the best possible quality at all levels, with:

-engineering choices guided by the need for maximum durability, with a determination to provide a vehicle that stays “fresh” for as long as possible;

-a high level finish visible from both outside and inside the car, with an exclusive passenger compartment perceived by occupants as very rewarding;

-completion of a two million kilometre road test

under real-life conditions prior to launch; Finally, the 508 will break new ground in terms of build quality, following on from the most recent product launches where this aspect has been demonstrated and acknowledged. One of the direct consequences targeted by this approach is a reduction in the “total cost of ownership (TCO)”, a decisive factor when buying a vehicle in this segment, particularly for corporate fleets.

In the design of 508, special effort has been made to limit the vehicle’s impact on the environment with the integration of “green materials” to reduce the carbon footprint (produced from recycling or natural materials in origin).

On the 508 around 14.3% of the 230 kg of polymers (excluding rubber) present on the vehicle are ‘green materials’ compared to 6% for the 407. These green materials can be found in approximately 30 vehicle parts or functions (interior of the wheel housing, rear bumper, noise insulation, boot carpet, steering wheel, seats, seat frames, engine cover, air filter, etc). In addition, the 508 is composed in essence of 5 main groups of materials: metals, plastics, fluids, rubber and glass. Overall, 85% of the mass of the 508 is recyclable and 95% is upgradeable.

In the same spirit, on the Rennes production line work to optimise protective packaging which has seen a 75% reduction in waste in relation to parts used for each car.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

The design of the 508 is guided by the continuous search for perfectly balanced and elegant contours. The contours of the Saloon and SW are free-flowing, without break, interruption or embellishment, from the end of the bonnet to the boot. No ostentatious elements or add-ons are permitted (no windscreen wiper jets, no visible aerials, etc): all surfaces are flush-fitting, with clearances between each element precisely determined to obtain optimal build quality. The overall effect suggests a vehicle “sculpted from a solid”, refining the sense of elegance, fluidity and build quality.

At the front, the 508 shows the development of the Marque’s underlying stylistic codes, reinterpreted to reflect ideas brought to fruition on the most recent concept cars (particularly the SR1). This visual identity, strong and always recognisable, is even more suggestive of power, refinement and technological modernity.

At the end of the long aluminium bonnet, the new Lion identity takes its place naturally at the lead of the bonnet contour. Underneath it, the characteristic single grille takes on a new dimension. It sets the tone for a front grille rendered in a ”floating” style, seemingly detached from the body. This effect is created by the chrome edging, which becomes less pronounced under the “nose” of the bonnet to proudly reveal the branding of “Peugeot”. The piercing expression of the headlamps was also a focal point of stylists. Their interior design is a blend of chromium plated and frosted surfaces. On versions with directional bi-Xenon headlamps, “leD lighting tubes” are visible, each with seven electroluminescent diodes. This gives the car an immediate visual signature, visible from afar on the road both by day and by night. Halogen headlamps are also available as, they adopt a new high-performance and compact “Neo” technology, with a series of lenses bearing a resemblance to cat’s eyes.

The sides of the car are purposely understated, enhanced by the contours of the chrome-edged windows (availability according to trim versions). Visually, the side windows appear to rest on a sculpted body section, itself no mean feat of industrial engineering: a recessed waistline runs the entire length of the vehicle, giving it an unusual blend of power and elegance. The Sw also has a simple and dynamic profile, from some angles reminiscent of a “shooting break”, dropping to a rear aspect that is firmly planted on the road. Bringing the gigantic panoramic glass roof into continuity with the front windscreen, the profiled aluminium roof bars seem to merge with the body, enhancing the car’s exclusivity.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

On the Saloon, the entire rear section is designed in one form, the boot perfectly flush with the bumper and the two exhaust nozzles on the “GT” version, creating an impression of fluidity, power and control. A horizontal chrome bead on the boot enhances the rear aspect, parallel to the chrome edging at the base of the diffuser which visually “seats” the rear of the car.

A visual characteristic of Peugeot’s heritage is also particularly marked at the rear of both body shapes. On the Saloon, three red clusters mask three rows of 6 LEDs to give the car a unique night-time signature. The SW for its part has a more composite feel with a red band that lights up when the rear lights are activated.

The fascia follows to a large extent the stylistic elements of the car’s exterior design: quality, purity and elegance. The design minimises clearances between the constituent parts of the fascia, helped in particular by a multiplexed centre console featuring technology that overcomes the traditional constraints of “ISO” sized equipment. The materials, meticulous finish and studied durability appeal to all of the senses of the car’s occupants: the texture of the top of the fascia, the different decorations, the black lacquered centre console, and touches of chrome… the overall effect is one of refinement and advanced technology free of ostentation.

This extremely rewarding in-car ambience blends refinement and technology with high-tech equipment that enhances the enjoyment of both driver and passengers. A colour “Head Up Display” (with satellite navigation screen), four-zone air conditioning, “adaptive main beam”, “hands-free” access and start-up, automatic electric parking brake, driver’s electrically-operated lumbar massage, new WIP Nav Plus telematics, JBL hi-fi equipment. Either available as standard or optional equipment according to models, these systems accentuate the exclusivity of the 508 (see Technological Equipment section).

On the SW, in-car enjoyment is enhanced by the large panoramic glass roof allowing passengers to benefit fully from exterior light and visibility. Representing an area of glass of 1.62 m2, the windows offer to its occupants an increase of nearly 25% compared to the 407 SW.

This ambience is also the result of much work carried out on acoustics and vibration damping. For example, by tracking down noise to its source (acoustic “encapsulation” of power trains), the level of quietness in the passenger compartment is among the best in any category, while this approach also contributed to the vehicle’s weight reduction.

An acoustic front windscreen as standard (to filter noise from outside) and an active damper on the front axle of the 2.2 litre HDi FAP 150 KW version (to reduce engine vibration) are additional elements contributing to the noise reduction comfort of the occupant compartment worthy of a higher segment vehicle.

In terms of practicality, the choice of a particularly efficient architecture allows for a very generous capacity and boot.

Dedicated space

each passenger enjoys a privileged status, with generous space coupled with dedicated equipment (four-zone air conditioning includes the rear passengers, adjustable seat cushion for the driver and front passenger). Interior dimensions are on a par with those of the 607, i.e. much improved in relation to the 407 (5.3 cm more space between the knees of the rear passenger and the front seat). As a result, two people well over 6 feet tall can be comfortably seated one behind the other.

generous boot

The boot on the Saloon opens by means of a self-actuating lever (by pressing the plip, a button on the fascia or the “0” of the external badge of the 508), while the tailgate of the SW can be motorised. The luggage compartment is practical (solid hooks, luggage net, housing for warning triangle), accommodating (with its strictly parallel-piped shape) and above all extremely spacious. The boot of the 508 has a capacity of 545 litres of liquid (515 dm3 according to the VDA standard) for the saloon and 660 litres of liquid (560 dm3 VDA) for the SW, i.e. respectively 108 and 112 dm3 VDA more than the 407 Saloon and SW. With the seat backs folded, divisible 2/3-1/3 in one easy movement (with dedicated controls in the boot of the SW), the space created by this flat floor rises to 1581 litres (1381 dm3 VDA) for the Saloon and 1865 litres (1598 dm3 VDA) for the SW. These volumes include storage under the boot carpet, a compartmentalised space which receives the same quality finish as the rest of the boot, equivalent to 48 litres of liquid (42 dm3 VDA). Note that these storage areas have a reduced storage capacity of 29 litres in liquid (or 26 dm3 VDA) on the «GT» version (on account of the two exhaust nozzles) or are blanked off if the “spare wheel” option is present. The rigid carpet on the Sw can be folded to divide the boot into compartments, allowing easier access to these storage areas. Similarly, its solid and practical self-winding load space cover is easy to activate due in particular to its ability to retract automatically by the simple press of a button at its centre. Again on the SW, an extended load luggage net is available as an option, allowing bulky items to be carried in complete safety. It can also be installed behind the first and second row seats.

numerous storage spaces

The 508, according to its equipment level, can offer storage space of up to 22 litres. It has large front door pockets each with a total volume of 4 litres (which can therefore hold a 1.5 litre bottle), rear door panels (able to accommodate a 0.5 litre bottle), a glove box (capacity 9 litres), a storage space under the central armrest (2 litres) and many other “hideaways” according to the level of finish (flap under the steering wheel, closed storage with flap on the centre console, etc).

The 508 benefits from a colour head up display which projects essential driving information from the rear of the instrument panel visor onto a glare-proof translucent smoked polycarbonate panel. The driver thus has access to information concerning speed, cruise control / speed limiter speeds and satellite navigation instructions. In addition to the convenience afforded to the driver on all journeys, long or short, this system offers real benefits in terms of primary safety (no need to take your eyes off the road, immediate focus on the view between the road and the panel). The inclination of the panel and the brightness of the projected information can be adjusted by means of buttons located in the retractable flap to the left of the fascia panel. The panel can also be retracted using these control buttons. The 508 therefore brings to a wider audience a function hitherto unavailable in its segment with a system that locates all information optimally on a dedicated surface.

Studies have shown that the main beam function is less used, no doubt due to increases in traffic conditions, although it provides far better visibility for night-time driving with the downside being the risk of dazzling oncoming vehicles. For the convenience and safety of its passengers and also other cars, the 508 is equipped with the adaptive main beam system which, via an intelligent camera positioned at the back of the rear-view mirror, continuously analyses driving conditions (approaching or following vehicles, brightly lit urban areas, etc) and automatically switches quickly from dipped to main beam and vice versa according to traffic. This equipment is connected to the directional bi-Xenon headlamps.

Directional bi-xenon headlamps with LeD signature

Xenon headlamps cast a pure white-bluish light with three times the flux of a standard lamp, thereby improving night driving. Their elliptical module includes a shutter frame to ensure dipped and main beam functions. They are equipped with a directional function which improves vision in corners for safer and more convenient night driving. This function is linked to vehicle speed and adapts to different driving conditions between 5 km/h and 160 km/h. On the 508, these headlamps are systematically coupled with “LED tubes” to provide a visual signature both by day and by night.

neo© halogen headlamps

The “classic” headlamps of the 508 benefit from a new technology called NEO© (New Efficiency Optics). With this system, the light flux of the halogen bulb is around 30% more efficient: more uniform, more intense, more far-seeing… for enhanced visibility and safety. In addition, it allows for an original stylistic integration in the headlamp, with a lens visually evocative of a cat’s eye.

Static directional lighting

Static directional lighting, as standard on all 508s with either bi-Xenon or halogen headlamps, optimises lateral visibility at low speeds (less than 40 km/h) in urban areas, at intersections, during parking manoeuvres, on winding roads… The light beam from one of the two fog lights illuminates the inside of the corresponding bend, according to the angle of the steering wheel or use of the direction indicator.

ambient lighting

According to the level of finish, the interior ambience of the 508 is bathed in a soft glow emanating from the courtesy light, the footwells and front and rear door cappings… and even when getting into the vehicle (LED spotlights on the door mirrors, door sill lighting…).

The “hands-free” access and start-up system, available according to the chosen level of finish, replaces the mechanical key with the magic of electronic recognition. By keeping the “electronic key” in their pocket (or handbag), users can enter the car (detection from

1.8 metres), start-up and stop their 508 simply by pressing the Start/Stop button. When getting out of the car, simply brushing a hand over one of the handles is enough to lock the vehicle (including the boot handle on the SW). If this electronic key is accidentally left inside the vehicle then evidently the car cannot be locked. And if its holder leaves the vehicle with the engine running, the key immediately signals this with an audible warning.

Air conditioning comes as standard on all models and, according to levels and settings, can be: manual single-zone or automatic dual- or four-zone. The latter, a new level of specification in this segment, allows each of the vehicle’s occupants to control the temperature setting, air flow and distribution via their own air conditioning control thereby benefiting from optimal, personalised comfort. Regardless of the level of finish, rear passengers have dedicated air vents. With the four-zone function, an additional blower takes over from the main air conditioning unit to ensure the air flow of the rear blowers and efficiently meet each passenger’s requirements by differentiating the temperature in all 4 zones. Furthermore, with this four-zone system the front passengers can choose between three temperature alignment modes using the “auto”, “soft” (more gentle air flow) or “fast” (more powerful air flow) buttons.

Available as standard from mid-range models, the electric parking brake makes driving even more convenient: when starting-up, the hand brake is released automatically as soon as the driver starts to accelerate. When the engine is switched off, the brake is activated, again automatically. If the vehicles stops without the ignition being switched off, the electric control, located within reach of the driver’s left hand, can be activated manually. Manual release requires one foot to be on the brake.

All 508s, regardless of their power train, are equipped with the Hill Assist system. When positioned on a gradient, this function keeps the vehicle immobile for around two seconds after the brake pedal has been released. This makes manoeuvres safer and facilitates use of the vehicle by the driver in forward gear (hill start) and reverse (accessing a downhill parking space for example). The system operates from a gradient of 3%. The ESP then temporarily maintains braking pressure, giving the driver time to lift his foot from the brake and onto the accelerator.

The WIP Sound MP3 CD dual-tuner audio system is systematically combined with a jack socket and USB connector in the armrest to connect a digital walkman (the USB connector is also iPod, iPhone, USB flash drive compatible). It can have a Bluetooth function allowing the user to make “hands-free” phone calls and listen to streamed audio music. The system comes with 6 speakers on the “Access” level of the range:

- 2 tweeters in the upper part of the front door panels,
- 2 165 mm diameter speakers (25 W) in the front door panels, Woofer with neodyme magnet,
- 2 165 mm diameter “wide band” speakers (25 W) in the rear door panels. The latter 4 speakers use “Coscone” flat speaker technology patented by Denon and Marantz Premium Sound Solutions, making them lighter and more compact.

On the rest of the range, 8 speakers are associated with WIP Sound and WIP Nav Plus, with in addition 2 rear tweeters in the upper part of the rear door panels.

The 508 features a new generation satellite navigation system called WIP Nav Plus which offers numerous functions:

-large 7’’ 16/9 display (WVGA high resolution 800x480 pixels) with perspective view,

-European cartography (stored in the internal memory),

-MP3 compatible front-mounted CD player,

-three-tuner radio with 2 aerials for optimal reception of radio frequencies and RDS-TMC traffic info (Via Michelin in France, TraficMaster in the United Kingdom).

-Bluetooth® connection for the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming (music from a smart phone played through the speakers),

-Jack socket and USB connector, to connect any type of digital audio walkman devices (the USB connector is iPod, iPhone and USB flash drive compatible),

-information concerning speed limits in force on major roads,

-risk areas covered by automatic fixed radar surveillance (downloadable for 14 countries from the website https://www.wipinforadars.fr).

Note that WIP Nav Plus is still associated with Peugeot Connect services allowing access to Peugeot Connect SOS and Peugeot Connect Assistance (see section on Tertiary Safety).

arkamyS© audio processing

The Arkamys software featured on the WIP Sound and WIP Nav Plus systems processes the digital audio signal to recreate a natural acoustic ambience. Sound quality no longer suffers from the constraints of speakers being positioned in doors (often resulting in a concentration of sound low down and to the sides): instruments and voices are more harmoniously positioned in space, head-on to the passengers at windscreen height. This system can also be adapted to favour listening for the driver only or for all passengers.

the jbL™ hi-fi system

For discerning music lovers, the 508 offers a JBL™ system with 10 speakers coupled with a 10-channel 500 W surround-sound amplifier. For these 10 speakers, a central channel in the middle of the fascia panel allows optimal sound distribution in the passenger compartment. The JBL™ system includes:

-4 high-power (50 W) 165 mm diameter reverse motor neodyme speakers, 2 in the front doors and 2 at the rear,

- 2 hi-fi tweeters in the upper part of the front door panels,
- 2 hi-fi tweeters in the upper part of the rear door panels,

- 1 central channel in the upper mid section of the fascia panel,
- 1 150 W triple coil bass woofer in the right side boot trim.

More technology that makes day-to-day driving easier: a system that measures available space and lets the driver know the possibility or difficulty of parking in a free space. This function, coupled with front and rear park assist, can be activated via the “>P<” button located on the centre console. It is coupled with the direction indicator and operates at speeds of less than 20 km/h.

The 508 has many more technological refinements to enhance its exclusive driveability:

-length-adjustable seat cushion for the front seats, offering more comfort to taller drivers,

-lumbar massage on the driver’s seat,

-multi-function steering wheel, both practical and technological, to facilitate access to different functions,

-cruise control / speed limiter with the possibility of storing up to 5 speeds for both functions,

-adjustable colour instrument panel matrix, polyphonic warning signals…

Buyers of the 508, whether they are professionals or private individuals, can rely on a very comprehensive accessories offer to meet all their requirements in terms of personalization or protection. Accessories include the following, available from the Peugeot network:

-the “Wi-Fi On Board” unit, to share a wireless Internet connection among several people in the car,

-a 230V/USB connector, ideal for recharging different electrical devices (laptop computer, walkman, MP3 player, iPhone, etc),

-universal multimedia support installed on the stems of the front head restraints and supporting displays of up to 13“ (DVD players, Netbook, mini-PC or iPad).

- chrome plated door mirror housings,
- a spoiler for the 508 saloon,
- a range of 16’’ to 18’’ alloy wheels.

-transparent bumper protection covers designed by Peugeot Style, which can be accompanied by door protection covers,

-door sills available in 3 styles: brushed aluminium, burnished aluminium or carbon.

- a sliding tray allowing easy retrieval of loads stored at the rear of the SW boot,
- a floor that divides into compartments (with fixing rails for self-winding strap and telescopic cross bar) to keep objects in place and segment load space in the SW boot,
- a towbar with manually retractable ball joint, both efficient and visually enhancing.

Weight, aerodynamics and of course the group’s technological expertise and innovation in terms of both HDi FAP diesel and VTi and THP petrol engines, are factors which immediately place the 508 among the leaders in its segment in every power category.

508 HDi FAP diesel range:

- 1.6 litre e-hDi FAP 82 kW (112 bhp), 270/285 Nm(1), electronically-controlled 6-speed manual gearbox (BMP6); CO2: 109 g/km(2);
- 1.6 litre HDi FAP 82 kW (112 bhp), 240/254 Nm(1), 5-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 124 g/km;

- 2.0 litre HDi FAP 103 kW (140 bhp), 320/340 Nm(1), 6-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 125 g/km;
- 2.0 litre HDi FAP 120 kW (163 bhp), 340 Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox; CO2: 149 g/km(3);

-2.2 litre HDi FAP 150 kW (204 bhp), 450 Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox; CO2: 150 g/km.

508 petrol range:

-1.6 litre VTi 88 kW (120 bhp); 160 Nm, electronically-controlled 6-speed manual gearbox (BMP6): 144 g/km(3);

- 1.6 litre THP 115 kW (156 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 149 g/km;
- 1.6 litre THP 115 kW (156 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox; CO2: 164 g/km(3).

The 508 ushers in the era of e-hDi technology for the Marque, a new-generation STOP & STArT System. Rapid, efficient and silent, e-HDi combines reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (up to -15% in town) with maximum driveability, an innovation for this type of system. It is mated with the 1.6 litre HDi FAP engine coupled with the electronically-controlled 6-speed manual gearbox (BMP6) so that a maximum number of customers can benefit from the lowest possible fuel consumption. Available at the time of launch with a combined fuel consumption of

4.4 litres/100 km for emissions of only 114 g km,

(1)
Value with overboost.
(2)
114 g/km at launch then 109 g/km in the summer of 2011.
(3)
Launch in the spring of 2011. NB: CO2 value for saloon.

A new 2.2 litre hDi fAP 150 kw (204 bhp) engine tops the 508 range in a “GT” version featuring a sophisticated double-wishbone suspension. This power train develops a level of performance superior to the former 2.7 litre HDi V6 of the 407 with improved liveliness and greatly reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: down 33%, with emissions of 150 g/km, compared to 223 g/km on a 407 V6 HDi, i.e. a reduction of 73 g/km!

This four cylinder engine with a capacity of 2179 cm3, a substantial redevelopment of the “DW12B” (2.2 litre HDi 125 kW/170 bhp), has a sixteen-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts. Its maximum power is higher by 25 kW (34 bhp) while its maximum torque, increased to 450 Nm at 2000 rpm, remains unchanged up to 2750 rpm. Despite its improved performance, and coupled with the new AM6 gearbox, its fuel consumption in the combined cycle is improved by nearly 20% compared to the DW12B, i.e. the equivalent of 40 g/km of CO2.

This 2.2 litre HDi FAP engine benefits from a new generation ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) combustion chamber and its geometry has been further optimized to attain a compression ratio of 16.0 instead of 16.5 on the DW12B, offering guaranteed performance and reduced emissions (including NOx). Its injection system features piezo-electric injectors with 8 apertures (compared to 7 previously), for a finer diesel spray (therefore favouring combustion), as well as a supply rail operating at a pressure of 1800 bar. The entire engine is controlled by new high-performance ECUs. A new generation of gudgeon pin and rings with hard coating, significantly reduces friction, allowing gains in fuel consumption equivalent to more than 5g/km of CO2.

Another important innovation: the impeller of the variable geometry turbocharger is now made of titanium, a very lightweight material which reduces the turbocharger’s inertia for greater availability of engine torque, particularly at mid-range engine speeds, and therefore better responsiveness of the vehicle.

Particular attention has also been paid to the car’s acoustics. As well as the engine’s two counter-rotating balancing shafts, the design of its injection system (and its control) to ensure a more subdued engine noise.

Again to reduce fuel consumption, the “voltcontrol” system removes load from the alternator during acceleration, while it can recharge the battery during deceleration. This allows a saving of nearly 5 g/km of CO2. In another optimization, a reduction of engine idle speed (to 700 rpm instead of 820 rpm) ensures a further saving for the user in terms of day-to-day fuel consumption.

Lastly, the overall weight of the engine has been reduced by nearly 5 kg compared to the DW12B, further contributing to the car’s overall efficiency.

new 6-speed automatic gearbox (AM6): efficiency and driveability

In addition to its engine, the 508 GT incorporates yet another innovation: a new generation 6-speed automatic gearbox, the «AM6». Still developed with the company AISIN AW according to specifications prepared by the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, this AM6 has been re-engineered from top to bottom to significantly reduce CO2 emissions while favouring dynamism and driveability due to the enhanced rapidity of gear changes. The new AM6, capable of withstanding a maximum torque of 450 Nm, features several of the technologies which appeared in 2010 on the new “AT6” 6-speed automatic gearbox coupled with the 1.6 litre THP 156 engine on a number of models (including the 508).

To limit the vehicle’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, numerous techniques have been employed, particularly to achieve significant reductions in friction losses: bearings, segments, clutch linings, special oil, and a new converter making it possible to drive at low engine speeds... Similarly, gear change patterns in «drive» mode are calibrated to optimise fuel consumption while ensuring the convenience associated with an automatic gearbox. In the final reckoning, 13 g/km of CO2 have been saved with this new generation AM6 gearbox.

gear change times have also been optimised to ensure rapid acceleration, for example due to the adoption of a direct controlled hydraulic block and an electronic strategy optimising multiple downchanging. In “Sport” mode, a specific calibration improves the rapidity of gear changes by a further 200 ms compared to the “drive” mode.

In sequential mode, the driver has paddles under the steering wheel (as is the case on all automatic gearboxes and the electronically-controlled gearbox on the 508) for enhanced driving enjoyment. What’s more, these paddles can be used at any time by the driver, even in Drive position. The gear lever’s sequential control also allows manual gear changes by impulse pressure (“-” forward and “+” rearward).

From 2012, the year following the commercial launch of the 508, hYbrid4 technology will be introduced to the range. With a HDi diesel engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear, this technology offers potential power of 147 kW (200 bhp) and “by wire” 4-wheel drive and is a solution that breaks new ground in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With emissions of 99 g/km as the target, the 508 will more than ever combine driving pleasure and environmental responsibility.

407, 406, ... In this segment in particular, Peugeot has always set the standard in terms of road holding and, as a direct consequence, driving pleasure. With the 508, the Marque has taken great strides in accommodating these characteristics in a range able to accept two types of suspension.

An all-new McPherson type front axle has been developed on platform 3 for use on the majority of the 508 range. Here the 508 offers a new, high-level synthesis of road holding and ride comfort. In terms of comfort, the level of expectations of customers in the “M2” segment has risen considerably in recent years. This engineering choice is another example of the upward spiral set in motion by efforts to reduce weight: the new front axle allows a weight saving of 12 kg compared to the 407.

The 508 “gT” for its part features a drop link dual wishbone front axle. The dual wishbone and

decoupling of bounce and steering functions allow for a very high level of body rigidity and driving accuracy.

This choice is consistent with the potential performance of the new 2.2 litre HDi FAP 150 kW (204 bhp) engine, and with the expectations of customers who are particularly demanding with regard to the dynamic capabilities of their car.

At the rear, the entire range is equipped with a multi-arm rear suspension. This is designed to ensure excellent efficiency and maximum accuracy and vibration damping by decoupling longitudinal and transverse forces.

The rack and pinion electro-hydraulic steering continuously adjusts the effort required, and facilitates manoeuvres at low speed. It fully reflects the Marque’s expertise; precise and informative, and corresponds to two driving styles: “all encompassing” or “GT”, according to the expectations of their respective customers.

braking is designed to match the dynamic qualities of each 508, with front brake calipers in three different sizes: 283 x 26 mm (on the 508 1.6 litre VTi, 1.6 litre HDi and 2.0 litre HDi 103 kW/140 bhp), 304 x 28 mm (on the 508 1.6 litre THP and 2.0 litre HDi 120 kW/163 bhp), or 340 x 30 mm for the GT version. At the rear, the entire range has 290 x 12 mm discs. All 508s come with latest-generation ESP which includes CDS (stability control), AFU (emergency brake assist) and REF (electronic brake force distribution). The ESP also includes Hill Assist and intelligent traction control, which improves the vehicle’s ability to move off and be driven on slippery road surfaces by authorising more or less wheel slip on each of the front wheels.

The 508 benefits from a high level of primary safety, due to its road holding and equipment specification (Head-Up Display, directional bi-Xenon headlamps, fog lamps with static directional lighting, adaptive main beam, etc).

The car is also designed to offer a level of secondary safety among the best in the segment. Its collapsible structure includes high-performance shock absorbers on the front beam, which also allows a reduction in the length of the overhang. Once again, safety benefits significantly from reductions in the vehicle’s overall weight. The 508 is equipped with efficient means of restraint: 2 front air bags (45 litres for the driver and 80 litres for the passenger), 2 side front air bags (each 18 litres), 2 curtain air bags (each 30 litres), five 3-point seat belts (with pretensioners and force limiters at the front, force limiters for the rear side seats) and 2 Isofix fixtures with 3-point attachments in the rear side seats.

The front seats have new “curved” head restraints with integral multi-position adjustment (no fixed intervals in the stems allowing perfect adaptation to each user) whose shape has been carefully studied to take into account the effects of rear collision (whiplash).

The 508 also makes the most of the Marque’s leadership in terms of tertiary safety by offering, as on most vehicles in the range, the Peugeot Connect system (market dependant). This system lets you benefit free of charge and for an unlimited period from the Peugeot Connect SOS service, as well as from Peugeot Connect Assistance.

Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508Photo: 2012 Peugeot 508

For professional customers, via subscription, the Peugeot Connect Fleet service (automatic uploading of information relating to vehicle maintenance) completes this range of connected services. It’s worth noting that Peugeot Connect SOS, present to date in 10 European countries and on more than 400,000 Peugeots, pinpoints the location of the vehicle and enables the dispatch of appropriate emergency services in the event of an accident. Since its launch in 2003, it has facilitated rapid intervention by the emergency services in more than 4,000 emergency situations.

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