Since its launch at the beginning of 2011, 370,000 units of the 508 have been sold. This result is anything but trivial, as the D-segment has stiff competition from other mid-sized SUVs. That being said, this model has met with significant success since its introduction on the Chinese market. It seems evident then that Peugeot's designers would decide to give this car a serious facelift.
Externally, the 508 will receive a new identity. In the front, the dipping headlights and the redesigned bumpers will resemble the recent 2008 and the 308. As a bonus, the entire lighting system operates on LEDs, and the signature Lion will now be found on the grill instead of on the bonnet. The back will receive more discreet changes, like redesigned tail lights and the removal of the chrome rod on the boot cover.
In the cabin, there will be no aesthetic revolution. We can note however the new multimedia display screen and an added storage box in the centre console. But that's all! As for accessories, Peugeot now offers Blind Spot Sensors and a reversing camera.
For petrol engines, one must note the launch of a 1.6 THP with 165 hp, that emits only 129 grams of CO2/km and which can be fitted with an automatic gearbox. For diesel, Peugeot announces the arrival of a 1.6 BlueHDi 120. This engine will replace the current 1.6 e-HDi 115 and will complete the current offer consisting of the 2.0 BlueHDi 150 and 180 hp complying with the Euro 6 engine standard.
Does this facelift seem a success?