Hands down one of the most attractive cars outside of the luxury segment, the Peugeot 508 is getting a thorough update bringing changes inside and out. The midsize saloon and estate duo transitions to the revised lion badge and corporate grille, flanked by slimmer headlights. Featuring matrix LED technology, the sleeker lights incorporate the familiar three-claw signature for the daytime running lights into a single piece.
Moving at the back, the full-LED taillights boast a fresh take on the same three-claw motif. Customers will be able to pick from three new colours (Okenite White, Titanium Grey, Eclipse Blue), three trim levels (Allure, GT, Peugeot Sport Engineered), and several alloy wheel designs in sizes from 17 to 20 inches. For the range-topping PSE, the French brand installs Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
2023 Peugeot 508 Saloon and SW facelift
Stepping inside, the 2023 508 Saloon and SW share an updated 10-inch infotainment and a redesigned gear selector for the eight-speed automatic transmission standard across the range. Depending on the engine, there are a few driving modes (Electric, Eco, Hybrid, Normal, Sport, 4WD) and suspension settings (Normal, Sport, Comfort). Behind the small steering wheel is a 12-inch fully digital instrument cluster.
It comes nicely equipped with everything from a heated windscreen and electric boot/tailgate to a night vision system and adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Peugeot also gives the 508 high-definition cameras for parking, along with road sign recognition and active lane departure warning with lane correction. There’s also a fancy 10-speaker Focal sound system featuring a subwoofer.
As for engines, the lineup starts with a three-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbocharged gasoline unit with 128 bhp. For Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, Peugeot also equips the 508 with a bigger four-cylinder, 1.6-litre producing 215 bhp. Alternatively, customers can go for the four-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbodiesel with 128 bhp.
A pair of plug-in hybrid powertrains is offered in two-wheel-drive guise by combining a 148-bhp or 178-bhp petrol engine with an 81-kilowatt electric motor for a combined output of 178 bhp and 222 bhp, respectively. Step up to the 508 PSE and you get a 197-bhp petrol engine an 81-kW motor linked to the automatic transmission and an 83-kW motor at the rear. Combined, these produce 355 bhp delivered to both axles.
The trio of PHEV models uses a 12.4-kWh battery pack you can juice up from a standard 3.7-kW charger or an optional 7.4-kW charger, which comes standard on the flagship PSE.
Peugeot will have the 508 facelift on sale in the UK starting in June.