Peugeot recently mocked the new 408 crossover fastback for Europe, but there is another new 408 in China, a sedan that has nothing to do with the above model. The compact sedan is advertised as a new generation, but a closer look reveals that it is actually a versatile façade of the old 408, with the updated style making it look like a four-door version of the 308.
The 408 sedan was originally unveiled in 2014 and received a slim lift in 2018, making it the second upgrade in the model’s life cycle. Dimensions remained unchanged, length 4750 mm (187 inches) and wheelbase 2730 mm (107.5 inches). This proves that it is based on the same EMP2 architecture used by the previous 308 genes.
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It is expected that the new 408 sedan will share several parts with its predecessor, including the profile and the greenhouse. However, the front has been completely redesigned with aggressive headlights and the typical vertical DRL teeth on the front bumper, similar to the new 308 and new 3008. Similarly, the grille is enlarged with a modern design and a new Peugeot logo, and the fake bumper inserts on the bumper give a sporty look.
The changes are equally impressive on the back. The three-box sedan accepts thin LED taillights connected to the larger 508 black bar. The rear door has a built-in spoiler and the bumper is more sculpted than before. Last but not least, the new range of colors refreshes the look, and even the five-way alloy wheels look the same as the previous model.
Inside the cabin, the 408 has a new version of the Peugeot iCockpit, which looks very modern, although not as stylish as the European 308. The redesigned control panel features a cluster of high-end 12-inch digital instruments and a 10-inch informational entertainment touch screen. Airplane-style shortcut buttons. There is also a small diameter steering wheel with the signature of Peugeot and a new finish in the style of aluminum.
Under the hood there are 167 hp. (125 kW / 170 hp) and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. Power is transmitted to the front axle via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Don’t expect electrified options like Peugeot’s European-range PHEV power supplies, as this platform is not compatible with them.
The new 408 Peugeot-Dongfeng is available for pre-order on the official website. Prices are still expected to be similar to the previous version offered for sale from ¥ 119,700 ($ 17,903). Competitors to the Peugeot 408 in the Chinese market include the recently updated Ford Focus sedan, Honda Civic / Integra, VW Lavida / Lamando and Toyota Corolla / Levin.