Peugeot has released the first official teaser for the upcoming 408, confirming both the title and the season debut of the crossover fastback. Originally called the 4008, the compact model was tested by our spy photographers and showed its unconventional layout, which means leaving the previous 408 series of sedans and station wagons.
The teaser features a sporty front grille with a design similar to the 308 hatchback and 3008 SUV, but with vertically oriented body color elements. We can see a small piece of LED headlights made in an aggressive style, a new Peugeot logo and the letter 408 on the grille.
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The carmaker says the new 408 is a “new type of Peugeot” that “combines the character codes of SUVs with a dynamic Fastback silhouette.” Other carmakers call this body style coupe-crossover. This is in line with what we have seen in previous spy scenes, with prototypes combining high clearance with a strongly sloping roof line and a long rear aperture.
Peugeot did not give us full details about the base, but the 408 Citroen C5 X may sit on an extended version of the EMP2 platform, similar to the flagship. Unlike the grille, the 408 has a combustion engine under the hood. The press release states “high efficiency” in accordance with the rumors about the electrified power range.
Under the hood of the forthcoming Peugeot 408 we can see anywhere 177 hp. (132 kW / 180 PS) and 355 hp. We expect a series of connected hybrid power circuits with integrated performance between (265 kW / 360 PS). Beginner models can get a new soft hybrid 1.2-liter Puretech engine. In addition, we should not rule out a fully electric Peugeot e-408, as the e-308 and the Opel Astra-e EMP2, which will be available in 2023, have proven to be compatible with electric cars.
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We will learn more about the new 408 during its premiere in late June. The new addition to the Peugeot range will be a global model, which means that it will not be limited to Europe, but will also be offered in other international markets.
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