At a time when off-road vehicles are more and more present on the car market, Peugeot decided to play the card of originality in the light of environmental efficiency and with the new Peugeot 408 brought an interesting innovation of the fastback silhouette. Between the 308 and 508 sedans and the twin-zero SUVs, Peugeot is leaning into a new segment with the 408.
A surprising newcomer
Peugeot 408 presents a completely new concept that sits between a five-door sedan and an SUV. It implements a new approach to seduction based on the third generation Peugeot 308. It maintains the efficiency of the five-door sedan, which is more imposing, more impressive, higher, to which Peugeot designers have added a special style.
This interesting novelty of the fastback silhouette will especially attract drivers who want to stand out from the crowd, emphasize their personality with the design of the car, and at the same time look for a model full of new technologies, spacious and comfortable, which can also be driven dynamically. With its characteristic position on the road, the Peugeot 408 is more "cat-like" than any before; it creates a unique 408 style signature with its rear and drop front. The 408 is a new model, bold, impressive, distinctly stylized, but at the same time we must not forget that it is also extremely useful at its core.
With plenty of space in the boot, which holds an excellent 536 litres, expandable to 1,611 liters with the rear seats folded down, it also offers exceptional living comfort and plenty of interior space. At the expense of the long wheelbase (2,787 m), it allows passengers in the rear seats a lot of legroom. It is even the most spacious Peugeot for rear passengers.
High class comfort
The feeling in the passenger compartment, where a calm atmosphere prevails, offers optimal comfort. Inside, we discover the latest generation of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and has convinced more than 7.5 million satisfied users worldwide. In addition to the compact steering wheel typical of the Lion brand, it also includes a 10-inch touchscreen equipped with individually configurable i-toggle buttons. Each button is sensitive to touch and represents a shortcut to the settings of the air conditioner, radio station, telephone contacts... The modern and ergonomic environment is intuitive to use.
The front seats, which received the AGR certificate from the German Association of Ergonomics Experts, ensure that traveling by vehicle will be a pleasant experience. The air quality is monitored by the AQS (Air Quality System), and from the GT level onwards, the Clean Cabin system is available for air treatment by filtering harmful exhaust gases and solid particles.
A technological gem
The Peugeot 408 has also taken an extraordinary step forward in the field of technical innovation and is intended for more demanding drivers in terms of built-in systems and technologies. Driving assistance systems work in conjunction with six cameras and nine radar gauges. It is equipped with all the latest technological innovations, such as adaptive cruise control with Start & Stop function, active lane departure warning, detection of pedestrians and animals at night with the help of infrared rays, and we could go on and on. It is also advanced in communication and wireless connectivity.
Free choice: petrol or hybrid?
In addition to the PureTech 1.2 l petrol version (130 hp), it offers a choice between two plug-in hybrid versions with 180 hp or 225 hp. With a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you can drive freely wherever you want, even in areas with limited traffic. All versions are connected to the EAT8 automatic transmission for even greater efficiency.
An ideal compromise
It is a real alternative to SUVs, in fact an ideal compromise between a SUV and a sedan. To meet all this, Peugeot's designers and engineers had to dig deep into creativity. The 408 thus changes the perception of the five-door sedan and perfectly complements the selection of vehicles from the Peugeot range.