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At the beginning of 2023, the new Peugeot 408 will be available, a model with a Fastback body, located in the upper part of the C segment, which offers three mechanical options of gasoline or hybrid, always associated with eight-speed automatic gearboxes.

Different from the others, the new model, which has a five-door fastback body type, is based on the platform of the Peugeot 308, although its dimensions are significantly larger. Although its name is different, it completes the 308 range, which has five-door and family versions, with a little more packaging. Measure 4.69m long, has a wheelbase of 2.79 m, a width of 1.84 meters and a total height of 1.48 meters. Also noteworthy are its original rims, in sizes from 17 to 20 inches, with low-profile tires.

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The boot also offers plenty of capacity, with a volume of 536 liters, expandable up to 1,611 in the combustion versions (65 less in the plug-in hybrid variants). In the case of having a Premium sound system with a subwoofer, an additional 17 liters are subtracted. However, the capacity is very reasonable and access to the trunk is practical as it has a large tailgate.

Initially three versions

The new 408 will be manufactured first in France, in Mulhouse, for the European market, and immediately in the Chengdu factory, in China, for the local market. The engine offer will include two plug-in hybrid versions of 180 and 225 and a 130 hp 1.2 three-cylinder gasoline version, always in front-wheel drive version. The three engines, known from other ranges of the brand and the group, will be offered Only with 8-speed automatic gearbox EAT8 electrically operated.

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The lithium ion battery of the two plug-in hybrid versions has one 12.4 kWh capacity and a power of 102 kW. Two types of on-board chargers are available, 3.7 kW or 7.4 kW.

Efficiency has been a priority aspect in the development of the Peugeot 408, focusing efforts on aerodynamics (SCx frontal area of ​​0.654 m2 and Cx of 0.28), on weight reduction (from 1,396 kg) and from low emission engines.

modern technology

The latest generation of the i-Cockpit is also offered, with a compact steering wheel, driver-focused information and highly intuitive controls, as well as the Latest developments in safety and driving aidssuch as adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, night vision system) that warns of the presence of animals, pedestrians or cyclists on the road, long-range blind spot control, rear traffic alert that detects potential dangers when driving reverse, etc.

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The digital instrumentation has a 10-inch screen from the Allure finishwhile in the GT finish the instrumentation is available in 3D technology, with presentation of connected navigation, radio, driving aids, energy flows, etc. that can be modified from the controls. It offers the well-known configurable i-toggles that act as a touch shortcut key for air conditioning, telephone contacts, radio stations, applications, etc.

The mirroring function allows connect smartphone wirelesslybeing possible to connect two Bluetooth phones at the same time. It is equipped with connected navigation with an “over the air” update system.

different and innovative

The design of the new model is characterized by a striking treatment of its shapes that is particularly prominent at the rear, at the level of the end of the roof, the tailgate and the beginning of the wings, creating folds designed to play with the light.

The side protections of the bodywork and the wheel arches are extended by a striking black rear bumper that completely cuts the color of the bodywork.

At the front, it offers a long hood fitted between oversized wings and protected by plastic material and a grille sculpted on the front itself, which forms a single unit. Thanks to the Matrix LED headlight technology a very elegant design of the optical groups is achieved.

The range count six colors exclusive: Obsession Blue, Titane Grey, Artense Gray (only for the Allure finish), Elixir Red, Pearl White and Pearl Black.

The front seats have obtained AGR certification and may be equipped with electrical regulation with memory and massage function with 5 programs. The design of the seats includes technical fabrics, Alcantara, leather and colored Nappa leather. In the GT versions, the upholstery has specific stitching, also present on the dashboard, door panels and console. Offers as standard backrests divisible into two parts (60/40) equipped with a ski hatch. The GT finish adds a system of automatic folding of the backrests from the trunk.

The prices have not yet been revealed, although the brand ensures that they will be between those of the 308 and those of the 3008, that is, from about 28,000 euros.

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J. A. Allen

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