Peugeot has struck with another teaser for the upcoming 408 crossover fastback, revealing more designs before its June 22 debut. The new 408 will go on sale this fall, along with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. In China, the model will be called the 408X because the 408 nameplate has already been picked up by a market-specific four-door sedan.
Describes the Peugeot 408 as a “dynamic fastback saloon with elevated body and big wheels and a cat’s position for brand models”. The last teaser features two shots of a light camouflage prototype, showing both front and rear edges.
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The new 408 may be covered by a wrap with graphics designed to “obscure the perception of line and volume” but we can clearly see most of the styling cues in the new model. The front end bears close resemblance to the 308 hatchback and 508 sedan, with Peugeot’s signature LED fan on the bumper. The grill is covered but we’ve already seen it in the previous teaser with Peugeot’s new symbol and a modern pattern.
At the back, the aerodynamic roofline leads to a steeply recorded rear windshield and completes an integrated spoiler fastback look. Horizontally-mounted taillights feature Peugeot’s superior trim level with thin and perhaps interconnected, LED graphics. The rear bumper seems to be expanding with a diffuser-style extension, though we don’t know how much of it will be in products made of black plastic cladding. We can see the sculpted rear shoulders, the futuristic wheels shown in the spy shots, and the featured window line all the way to the tailgate.
The Peugeot 408 is silent on the details of the electrified powertrain that will probably ride on extended versions of the EMP2 platform, such as the closely related Citroen C5 X. However, the official teaser confirms the rumors about “PHEV” but a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Currently, Stellanti’s PHVs produce a FWD setup and 296 kW / 2310 PS with a combined output of 177 hp (132 kW / 180 PS) or 222 hp (165 kW / 225 PS) and AWD setup. ) Or 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS). It remains to be seen whether the 408 will extend the EV range by introducing a newer version of the PHEV system, or carrying one of the existing options.
The Peugeot 408 is completing the final steps of development testing and validation before it is released to the world. During testing, the model has driven approximately 1,100,000 km (683,508 miles) under different conditions.