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

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7 Peugeot is shaking up design codes with its new 408, which resembles a raised sedan with a fastback roof line. It will be offered with two plug-in hybrid engines and a petrol engine. The all-electric is expected for 2024. One thing is certain, 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 it leaves no one indifferent. Although the fashion is for the coupe SUV, not all car manufacturers succumb to it. This is the case of Peugeot, which offers this 408 with a fastback-type leaky roof halfway between a raised sedan and a coupé SUV… even if the manufacturer refuses to use this last qualifier about its little news.Peugeot finally reveals its 408, a mix between raised sedan and coupé SUV. 4.69 meters long, the Peugeot 408 is inserted between the 308 break (SW) and the 508, which respectively display 4.636 m and 4.75 m. Higher (1.478 m) than its two companions, the 408 has the same wheelbase as the 508, namely 2.787 m. Thanks to the EMP2 platform. On the design side, Peugeot has taken up certain elements that made the success of the new 308: front and rear fenders on steroids, a long ribbed bonnet, a grille – almost invisible – in the colors of the body, but enhanced by a lighting signature with Matrix LED headlights reminiscent of the fangs of a Smilodon. It is when it is in profile that one can perhaps best appreciate the work of the designers at Peugeot. Indeed, the body sports many folds which accentuate the dynamic side of the car, in particular at the level of the black underbody. Advertising, your content continues below The rear is not to be outdone with this receding roof liner, a signature of fastback bodywork, which ends with a very sloping rear window topped with a spoiler. Another distinctive element, the two “cat’s ears” located on either side, in the upper part of the trunk. They are used to deflect the flow of air on the boot spoiler. By the way, we will admire this rear quarter panel which stretches like a dagger.Finally, the rear lights connected by a black band take over those of the 308.Nice ass for this Peugeot 408.As for the volume of the trunk, the latter peaks at 536 liters seats not folded down (a good score), and climbs to 1611 l for the petrol version. The rechargeable hybrid version sees its capacity reduced due to the battery to 471 l and 1545 l (seats not folded down and folded down). thumbs taking over the 3D display being positioned behind the two-flat steering wheel with a huge central hub. The 10-inch touch screen is positioned lower than the handset, but facing the driver who will only have to reach out to access it. Advertising, your content continues below The Peugeot 408 takes over the passenger compartment of the 308. We find the tactile i-Toggles to access “air conditioning settings, telephone contacts, radio, application launch… parameterized according to the user’s choice”. Under these shortcuts, piano keys for direct access to heating, air conditioning and hazard lights (warning). Advertisement, your content continues below The famous Peugeot i-Toggles. Between the two front passengers there is a transmission tunnel supporting the eight-speed automatic gearbox (EAT-8). It comes with the Parking button, the driving mode selector and the Brake button (B), the regenerative brake for plug-in hybrid versions. To all this is added “33 liters of various storage” as well as two USB-C ports (charge and data) and two cup holders. Rear passengers also benefit from two USB-C sockets. On the Peugeot 408, the long wheelbase of 2.787 m offers 188 mm of knee space. Plenty of driving aids On the driving aids flap or ADAS , this new Peugeot 408, which incorporates six cameras and nine radars, features the essentials, namely: adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, automatic emergency braking with collision risk alert (operating by day as night), active warning of involuntary line crossing or roadside crossing, extended recognition and display on the digital instrument panel of road signs, a night vision system, blind spot warning (BLIS), the rear traffic alert via 180 degree HD reversing camera, 360° parking assistance. The Peugeot 408 is full of driving aids. Regarding semi-autonomous driving, Peugeot will later offer (via a remote update?) the Drive Assist 2.0 pack. It will be “composed of adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function and lane position support”. Two new functions are also present, automatic lane change (from 70 km/h and up to 180 km/h) and “anticipated speed recommendation”. This offers “the driver to adapt his speed (acceleration or deceleration) according to the speed limit signs”. Two plug-in hybrids and a gasoline; the electric for laterMotorization level, the 408 imitates its “little” sister, the 308, with two rechargeable hybrids, one of 133 kW (180 hp) and the other of 165 kW (225 hp). This is called “cumulative” power. There is the 110 kW (150 hp) or 132 kW (180 hp) 1.6 Puretech heat engine for a torque of 250 Nm. It is accompanied by a synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets, placed at the front, delivering power of 81 kW (110 hp) and a torque of 320 Nm. been communicated. On the other hand, 7 h 05 min will be necessary to fully recharge it from a household socket (8 A with 3.7 kW charger), 3 h 55 min with a reinforced socket (14 A with on-board 3.7 kW charger) and 1 h 40 min from a Wallbox (32 A with 7.4 kW on-board charger). Magnificent design on the 21-inch rim of the new Peugeot 408. Finally, the petrol version is fitted with a Puretech 130 hp engine offering a torque of 230 Nm. All associated with the eight-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox, the only transmission proposal for the entire range. On the other hand, the manufacturer unfortunately ignores the diesel. If the 100% electric version is planned within two years, we are surprised not to find the 1.5 turbo hybrid engine with light hybridization present for example in the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Jeep Compass. On the price side, no announcement has been made, but logic would dictate that the price list is inserted between the 308 and the 3008 SUV. Orders will be open from July 2022. With its quirky style, Peugeot has once again succeeded in offering a singular vision of the saloon of tomorrow. The 408 is also a way for the Lion to grab market share from the Renault Arkana, which has enjoyed dazzling success since the start of the year. 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