Peugeot reveals 2015 508 RXH

2015 Peugeot 508 RXH 1 Peugeot reveals 2015 508 RXH

2015 Peugeot 508 RXH 3 Peugeot reveals 2015 508 RXH

The France based Peugeot brand started as a coffee mill company in 1810 and became bi-cycle manufacturer in 1830. It was in 1896 that the company officially became a car manufacturer. At present the brand is a part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group, Europe’s second largest and world’s ninth largest automaker. Peugeot introduced the large family car, the ‘508’ in 2010. It was made like a grand tourer, perfect for a long trip. The ‘508’ was important because it replaced not one but two Peugeot models, officially the 407 and unofficially the 607 as well. Since its release, the car has received praise for critics and also had good sales. At the 2011 Motor Show in Frankfurt, the company had revealed a hybrid station wagon version of the ‘508’, known as the ‘RXH’. Now for the year 2015, Peugeot has taken the wraps of the restyled ‘2015 Peugeot 508 RXH’. A new sedan version is also being released. The new model has been launched with the view of making it more up market. The first official appearance is slated to be at the Moscow motor show in August, 2014 while the sale will start early next year. Price and full specs are yet to be released in detail but it is clear from the early photos that the model will be distinguished than all its other incarnations. Apart from France, the car will also be manufactured in China where the model has become very popular.

Exterior/Interior

To distinguish the new model visually, a new smaller, horizontal grille has been added to the front with the brand logo (lion) right at the center. The bonnet is also more horizontal than before for visual impact. The headlights have also been given a new profile. All the lights in front, the main headlamps, fog lamps, daytime running lamps and direction indicators, are made of high technology LED.There are notable changes on the back as well. There is redesigned rear bumper and redesigned taillights that have been made to look more horizontal than before. These changes also embody the ‘three claws’ style that Peugeot has begun to use increasingly in its cars to create a distinct identity.

The quest of becoming a more up-market car continues on the inside of the new ‘Peugeot 508 RXH’. Top quality materials have been used so that the car looks premium but not ostentatious. The new instrument panel is very richly and intelligently styled with almost watch making precision. It is accompanied by a Head-Up Display, showing all the necessary driving and navigation information in color. The unit is style as a retractable smoked blade. The dash of the car is fitted with a new 7 inch touch screen display. As a result, there are fewer buttons than before in the panel. A new closed storage box has also been added to the centre console.

Features

The new car has all the necessary modern features expected in its category:

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Electric auto parking break
  • Automatic quad-zone AC
  • JBL audio system
  • Reverse camera and blind spot sensors
  • Advanced Peugeot Connect Apps providing useful information like parking space, weather, filling stations, road maps etc.

Engine/Powertrain

There are two under the hood options. A new 1.6 litre THP 165 S&S petrol engine has been introduced. It is associated with either six-speed manual transmission or the new EAT6 six-speed auto transmission. The engine produces 165 hp. For the diesel part you get a2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine that can create 163 hp. For the hybrid part, a 37 hp electric motor will be used.

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