The new Peugeot 508 has been in the news today for a number of reasons. Firstly, the first ever fleet delivery of both saloon and estate versions have been made and secondly, a new model was confirmed by the French manufacturer.
The new model in question is the Peugeot 508 RXH and if you’re confused about exactly what this new model is, we’ve got the lowdown below.
What is the Peugeot 508 RXH?
The new Peugeot 508 saloon was introduced at the start of this year as a replacement for the 407 in Peugeot’s line up. Designed to be more upmarket than ever, it was Peugeot’s stab at taking on some of the more premium manufacturers in the executive car segment.
Recently, it added the Peugeot 508 SW (or estate) to the range, using the same styling touches and interior fittings as the 508 saloon.
The Peugeot 508 RXH is loosely based on the 508 RXH, but there are a number of differences to the design and more importantly, the engine, that set it apart as a new model in the 508 line up.
What is HYbrid4?
HYbrid4 is the name given to Peugeot’s new diesel hybrid technology. A hybrid engine uses a combination of electric motor and more conventional petrol engine to improve fuel economy.
However, until now diesel engines – which typically return higher fuel economy than their petrol equivalents – were not used in hybrid engines because it was expensive to create the technology.
Peugeot has now found a way to make it viable, and plans to introduce the first ever diesel hybrid into its Peugeot 3008 crossover towards the end of this year.
Following this, the technology will appear in the Peugeot 508 RXH and a Citroen model, the DS5.
The engine used for the Peugeot 508 RXH will deliver 200bhp and is capable of using just electric mode, just diesel, or a mixture of both.
What are the benefits of diesel hybrid technology?
Simply put, the technology improves fuel economy and means a driver will spend less money on fuel. However, it also cuts CO2 emissions to just 109g/km.
This means zero first year Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in the UK and £30 in subsequent years – much lower than other estates of a similar size.
It also means benefits for businesses in terms of company car tax.
What else is different from the 508 SW?
The Peugeot 508 RXH is also four-wheel drive, a popular option with UK buyers at the moment. This means it is capable of coping with many different conditions.
This is further helped by a raised ride height. The car is also wider, giving extra room for the electric battery inside.
The diesel hybrid engine might take the headlines, but styling changes also give the Peugeot 508 RXH a unique look.
These include two sets of three LED lights at the front, mimicking a lion’s claws to give the car a more aggressive look. A new floating grille, chunky wheel arches and a revamped interior with higher quality materials separates the RXH even further from the standard 508 SW.
Finally, the car offers a host of technology including keyless entry, panoramic glass roof, head-up display, rear tinted windows and electric front seats.
When can I buy a Peugeot 508 RXH?
The car is only due to be revealed in September this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show at around the same time the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 goes on sale in the UK.
It will arrive at dealerships in Spring 2012 and prices will be announced closer to the launch date.