New Peugeot 408 (2022) – In agony for more than 15 years of SUV hegemony, the sedan category is trying to reinvent itself appropriating certain codes of these famous crossovers. After the Citroën C5 Xthe Stellantis group is doing it again under the Peugeot label.
In the first months of his life, in 2018, we believed like iron in the success of the current Peugeot 508 which made a 180 ° turn, compared to its predecessor, adopting the radical silhouette of a 4-door coupe driven by an aggressive design. But, past the novelty effect, your sales scores quickly run out of strength, leaving the 3008 and the other 5008 to harvest the laurels in the field of high-end generalists. A renegade for which perhaps the Lion was prepared, he who began the genesis of the 408 project a few months before the commercial launch of his older sister.
The return of the sedans?
The will ofinject a touch of SUV DNA into Daddy’s sedans., to reverse its downward trend, is therefore not new. However, for the French manufacturer, it wasavoid the trap of Volvo who, in 2015, awkwardly transformed his S60 sedan into an adventurer give him the distinctive Cross Country which, until now, was the joy of Swedish vans. History will rememberit is not enough to improve a brave 3-volume sedan and protect its thresholds to rekindle the interest of a large SUV-thirsty public.
Before Peugeot, Citroën understood this well, taking the time to refine the design of the C5’s replacement, which disappeared from the Chevrons catalog in 2019, to give birth. a digressive C5 X, halfway between the sedan, the van and the fastback. Of these three categories, the new 408 avoids the second to distinguish itself from its cousin, defending caste a much more dynamic attitudewhose slow flag falls sharply with a wrinkled trunk reminiscent of the stern of a certain Audi A7 Sportback.
From all angles, the Sochaux seems to have been formed with a hook, even if it means going through a character in the eyes of sensitive souls. No matter, this 408 is stunning and hopes to abuse its finery to get customers submerged in the SUV wave for too many years. And even though she borrows them great distance to the groundsurrounded by imposing protections of raw plastic, it clearly says it’s a sedan, maintaining its total height at 1.48 m, only two centimeters longer than a Renault Talisman. Far from the average of 1.65 m where compact SUVs culminate.
We are convinced that this is the case closely derived from the last delivery of 308, the compact of which inherits the hood, the front and rear lights, and even the dashboard. The emancipation of 408 goes remarkably bywidening of the tracks which, on the way, allows it to accommodate large wheels 720 mm in diameter, regardless of the size of the rims (up to 20 ”). A generous ride that contributes greatly to the elevation of your plate, as well as specific adjustments to the undercarriage.
Beautiful and practical
To legitimize her last name 408, synonymous with luxury removals, she stretches intensely compared to her little sister, who is only 4.37 m tall. To get to the beautiful size of 4.69 mhe had to go through the wheelbase 308 SW (2.73 m) improved by an additional 5 cm to calibrate very accurately the length between the two axles of the 508 (2.79 m). But thanks to its slightly elevated attitude, the 408 surpasses it in terms of legroom, rear space and boot volume. 522 l of forcethat is, 35 l better, not far from the capacity of the van 508 (530 l).
The intense stretching of the platform of the 308 has forced the 408 to revise the design of the doors, while the widening of its tracks gives it the benefit ofnew, hollow front fenders to accommodate the compact headlights and light signatures. Around it, the grille and shield also benefit from a new design to enhance its play, but it is clear that the stern acquires a new character with fully dedicated body elements. The fastback profile that determines it was not selected by chance, because it was considered ideal for aerodynamics.according to its developers who are satisfied with an air penetration coefficient that amounts to 0.28. A Cx that does no better than the 5-door 308, and even worse than that of the van of the same name (0.277). A slight counterattack that pays off especially with it increase in frontal surface, inherent in its elevation.
Eager to contain his CO2 emissions, he just keeps ita modest 130% internal combustion engine of 130 hprunning without lead as well two plug-in hybrid blocks combining 180 and 225 hp. In the long run, we look forward to a burst of pride on your part to honor your feline plastic and slightly premium positioning. There is no shortage of more tuned PHEV variants in the Stellantis organ bench it offers 250 hp on board the DS 9o 300 hp under the hood of the 3008. And why not imagine, enthroned at the top of the range, a high-performance 408 sealed Peugeot Sport Engineered, heir the 360 hp of the 508 in the same barrel? Nothing is less certain. On the contrary, it is observed that 2024 will witness the arrival of a 100% electric e-408 to add a new virtuoso string to his bow. An ambitious program that will hopefully bring some SUV drivers back to earth to once again taste the forgotten pleasures of driving a sedan.
Price Peugeot 408
Marketed in late 2022, or even early 2023, the new Peugeot 408 will be one of the protagonists of the Paris Motor Show 2022 next October. An event during which you will probably reveal your prices, with an estimated entry level of over € 30,000.
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