Peugeot’s 2023 408 is seen as a stylish fastback with stilts for Europe.
2023 Peugeot 408 Revealed – Overview
Since 2010 Peugeot has referred to a sedan variant of the 308 hatchbacks as the “408” in China.
In the People’s Republic, it underwent a thorough makeover this year, but it isn’t the vehicle shown in the pictures below.
Instead, confusion abounds as the nameplate is now being used in Europe for a different car.
The 408 planned for the Old Continent, classified as a fastback, has an unusual appearance similar to the Citroen C5 X.
Peugeot claims that although sharing a base with the global 308 hatchbacks and wagon, it is a more advanced vehicle that sits “at the top of the C-segment” and rides on Stellantis’ EMP2 platform.
Whatever your opinion of the design, we must applaud the French carmaker for having the guts to think beyond the box.
The unorthodox body of the new 408 has more lines and curves than we can count.
It looks like a wagon that has been raised and has a swoopy roofline.
The new variant with the lion logo is somewhat longer than the conventionally formed 308 SW at 4,687 millimeters (184.5 inches).
Its dimensions are 1,859 mm (73.2 in) in width and 1,478 mm (58.2 in) in height, with a large 2,787 mm wheelbase (109.7 in).
Additionally, their proportions are very similar to those of the 308 wagons.
The wheels can be as big as this elaborate 20-inch set that is only available on the top trim levels.
The trunk of the variant powered exclusively by a combustion engine can hold 536 liters (nearly 19 cubic feet) with the back seats in place or up to 1,611 liters (56.9 cubic feet) after folding the rear seats.
However, you will give up part of the available luggage space in exchange for the added style because the 308’s more practical design prevents it from matching its sleeker look.
The avant-garde interior has mainly been carried over from the 308s, so there isn’t much to say about it.
The cabin appears to have been lifted from a concept or premium vehicle, which isn’t always bad.
It features two 10-inch screens in addition to Peugeot’s customary tiny steering wheel.
For the 408, a high-end Focal sound system with ten speakers (including a subwoofer) was created over three years.
Peugeot will initially offer two plug-in hybrid powertrain options for the new 408.
These two vehicles offer an 8-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and an electric motor with 109 horsepower (81 kilowatts).
However, the 1.6-liter gasoline turbocharged engine, which comes in 150 and 180 hp states of tune, distinguishes them from one another.
The less powerful PHEV generates 360 Newton-meters (265 pound-feet) of torque and 180 horsepower (133 kW) when the combustion engine and electric motor work together.
On the other hand, the more potent model keeps the same torque level while increasing the horsepower to 225 hp (165 kW).
A base model with a three-cylinder, 1.2-liter gasoline engine produces 130 horsepower (96 kW) and 230 Nm (169 lb-ft) of torque.
It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission to transmit power to the front wheels.
Peugeot does not intend to sell a diesel variant, but an all-electric variant is planned.
Once production at the Mulhouse facility in France gets underway, the car is expected to go on sale in early 2023.
After that, Peugeot plans to localize production at the Chengdu factory to sell the vehicle in China.
The EV model is scheduled to come out a few months after the ICE and PHEV versions.
Only the sales numbers can determine whether this variant was required given Peugeot’s existing 308 SW and 3008 models.
Images of the most recent Peugeot 408 Sedan with CN specifications are included below in case you’re interested.