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2010-07-13 06:51

Hedging its bets on large sedan demand in China, Peugeot’s preparing a brand new edition to the company’s line-up. The 508.

An image of Peugeot’s all-new 508 sedan has leaked ahead of its Paris Moto Show debut, scheduled for October.

The French manufacturer's product planning pertaining to the 508 will see it replace both the 407 and 607 models in Peugeot’s line-up.

Based on the 5 by Peugeot concept car shown in March at the Geneva Auto Show, the 508 will share most of its technical details with sister-company Citroën's C5 sedan.

Dimensionally the new 508 is 4.79m bumper-to-bumper - making it around 12mm more substantial than a 407, yet 13mm shorter than the 607.

The 508’s exterior design is dominated by radically swept back headlights and a pronounced shoulder line running along the car’s flanks.

Although technical details are only to become available closer to the car’s public debut in October, Peugeot has revealed all 508s should benefit from the joint-venture Peugeot-Citroën e-HDi stop-start system.

Hybrid power is promised to become available shortly after the 508’s launch too.

Peugeot's hybrid model will drive all four wheels, with a combustion engine servicing the front axle and an electric motor powering the rear wheels. The Hybrid4 508 is expected to produce a combined drivetrain output of 147kW and negligible CO2 emissions of only 99g/km.

A major factor underpinning Peugeot’s decision to launch an all new model such as the 508 is to ensure the company has a large enough vehicle to appease the burgeoning Chinese market with something approaching a 607, whilst still servicing the tastes of erstwhile European 407 customers.

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