Peugeot will bring the next-generation 408 to the Paris Motor Show in October, giving the public their first chance to see what the car looks like. The Peugeot 408 comes as a “dynamic fastback” which is positioned between the Peugeot 508 and the 3008 SUV.
Similar to the Polestar 2's bodystyle, the 408 adopts the design language of a five-door car with a large hatchback rear, Peugeot says the 408 emphasizes practicality and style, and is the first car of its kind on the market.
The Peugeot 408 carries the EMP2 platform and will be powered by a pure petrol engine as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain in early 2023. Peugeot has also confirmed a full-electric variant (possibly referred to as the e-408) will follow soon after.
The only non-electric version is the entry-level variant with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 128 bhp. This variant itself is rumored to be replaced by a mild-hybrid variant at the end of 2023.
While the hybrid model will come in two variants, namely the Hybrid 180 with 178 bhp of power and the Hybrid 225 which produces 222 bhp.
Both variants use the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and are mated to an electric motor supplied by a 12.4 kWh battery. This battery is claimed to be able to be fully recharged in 1 hour 55 minutes via a 7 kW charger.
All engine variants are paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The entry-level petrol variant itself is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 10 seconds.
However, the fastest version of this fastback is undoubtedly the e-408. The e-408's power will come from a 54 kWh battery, which is slightly larger than the units in the Peugeot e-2008 and e-208, and has the latest chemical composition to increase range and efficiency.