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Peugeot teases new 508 Sport Engineered

First glimpses of the new Peogeut 508 sport are emerging and it is said to be in rival with the BMW 330e and Volkswagen Passat GTE in the fast-growing hybrid saloon market.

Following on from the 508 Sport Engineered concept which was unveiled at last year’s Geneva show, this new model will get a slightly toned down version of that car’s 400bhp hybrid powertrain and four-wheel-drive system.

The twin electric motor setup should result in a greater electric-only range over the single-motor 508 GT Hybrid, which can manage around 33 miles in EV mode.

Visually, the performance saloon will get a number of exterior details to set it apart, including a redesign of the front bumper, carbon-fibre wing mirrors, quarter panel-mounted canards, larger side skirts and unique alloy wheels. There are also decals and luminous brake calipers to emphasise its focus on performance.

Back in 2019 Peugeot revealed the Peugeot508 Sport Engineered concept. The powerful plug-in hybrid show car was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show and previews a performance-based 508 PHEV that will go into production by the end of 2020.

Peugeot’s latest concept is powered by a 197bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged PureTech petrol engine that is supported by two electric motors - a 107bhp unit powering the front axle and an additional 201bhp motor for the rear axle.

The total combined power output is over 500bhp but as the system’s power sources can’t deliver their peak outputs simultaneously, a real-world maximum of around 400bhp is nearer the mark. As such, Peugeot claims a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Inside, the Peugeot 508 concept receives a set of bucket seats, a new dashboard, fresh door cards and an updated headliner all of which are trimmed in leather and Alcantara.

Other features include a touch-sensitive gear selector, a carbon-fibre sports steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The 508 Sport Engineered concept’s electric motors are powered by an 11.8kWh battery, which provides a claimed zero-emission range of 31 miles. It is also said that when running in hybrid mode, the system will also return emissions figures of 49g/km of CO2 under the WLTP regime.