Peugeot 508 1st Edition

Peugeot’s impressive 508

20 June 2018

PEUGEOT has announced that it is to introduce a goody-laden First-Edition version of its stunning new coupe-style hatchback as an incentive to anyone brave enough to sign up now, ahead of its arrival here later this year.

A deposit of just £250 is all that is needed to secure the first of the sleek new models, with prices of £36,975 and £37,400 when they land on these shores in six months’ time.

The range-topping newcomer will be offered with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines mated to a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission.

The First Edition versions will be limited to just 200 vehicles for the UK, which is one of Peugeot’s biggest global markets, before the general release of the new fastback in a full range of trim and equipment guises.

Those ordering on-line now will be rewarded with four years’ servicing and a set of FOCAL Wireless headphones.

The limited edition version exclusively features chequered front grille trim in gloss black and 19-inch Augusta wheels, plus a multipoint massage driver’s seat with Alcantara and part Nappa Mistral full grain leather seat trim.

It is also equipped with a wide range of advanced technologies including fully automated parking assistance, a 360-dgree colour camera system and night vision.

Additionally, there is active suspension, a pedestrian-friendly active bonnet, adaptive cruise control, engine stop and go, active blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, advanced driver attention alert, and active lane keeping assistance.

You also get keyless entry and start, automatic tailgate opening activated by a waggle of the foot beneath, and even automatic parking.

Destined to replace one of Europe’s most under-rated saloons, the all-new 508 skilfully combines coupe-style attractiveness with hatchback practicality.

It lines up alongside another seriously under-rated premium-sector model, in the highly desirable guise of the new Vauxhall Insignia, which is now also part of the Peugeot-Citroen stable.

The inspirational design of the 508 incorporates elegant frameless doors, eye-catching large-diameter alloy wheels and attractive body sculptures with the practicality of the large rear tailgate giving access to a 485-litre cargo area.

At the rear there are full LED so-called claw-effect tail lights whilst at the front is a high-gloss chessboard grille flanked by the sort of horizontal and vertical lighting arrangements that endow the vehicle with a uniquely distinctive appearance.

Inside the truly premium interior there is full grain leather, a ten-inch  touch-control screen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. It also features i-Cockpit Amplify, which enables the driver to choose between two levels of ambience – Boost and Relax.

The mainstream range will be offered initially with a choice of half a dozen 1.6-litre and two-litre petrol and diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 130bhp to 225bhp, plus a further choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

There is also bound to be a hybrid and undoubtedly a pure electric option in due course.

The full range of prices are yet to be announced but the First Editions arrive here in October and cost £36,975 and £37,400 in petrol and diesel guises, of which the Chancellor nets more than £6,000 from each in VAT.