Peugeot has dropped the first official teaser for the upcoming 408, confirming both the name for the crossover fastback and the June debut. The compact model, originally known as the 4008, tested by our spy photographers, shows its unconventional silhouette, indicating the departure from the previous 408 series sedans and station wagons.
The teaser features some of the front grille, similar in design to the 308 hatchback and 3008 SUV, but with vertical-based body-color elements. We can see a small portion of the aggressively styled LED headlights, Peugeot’s new symbol and 408 characters above the grille.
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The automaker says the new 408 is “a new breed of Peugeot”, which “combines the SUV’s characteristic codes with a dynamic fastback silhouette”. Other automakers simply call this body-style coupe-crossover. This is consistent with what we’ve seen in previous spy shots, with the prototypes combining a heavily sloping roof and extended ground clearance with a long rear overhang.
Peugeot did not elaborate on our underpinnings, but the 408 will probably fit an expanded version of the EMP2 platform, similar to the Citroen C5 X flagship. Judging from the grill, the 408 will come with a combustion engine under the bonnet. Contrary to rumors about an electrified powertrain range, the press release talks about “high efficiency”.
Under the hood of the upcoming Peugeot 408, we expect a series of plug-in hybrid powertrains with combined output anywhere between 177 hp (132 kW / 180 PS) and 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS). Entry-level models can get a new light-hybrid 1.2-liter Puretech engine. In addition, we should not cancel the fully electric Peugeot e-408, as the e-308 and the Opel Astra-e set will arrive in 2023, proving that the EMP2 platform is compatible with EVs.
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We’ll learn more about the new 408 during its premiere in late June. Peugeot says the new addition to the range will be a global model which means it will not be limited to Europe but will also be offered in other international markets.
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