2023 Peugeot 408 Debuts as a Funky and Electrified Crossover

2023 Peugeot 408 – The brand new Peugeot 408 “dynamic fastback” saloon has come to extend the French brand’s lineup and is positioned between the 508 family-sized hatch and the mid-sized 3008 SUV. With a higher-end five-door and the large tailgate of a hatchback, Peugeot claims that the 408 places emphasis on functionality as well as style. It is the very first car with its own design that is available. The car’s design isn’t breaking new territory for the brand – such as the design of the grille’s new style that we’ll soon see on the other models of Peugeot The recipe behind is based on the same technology.

2023 Peugeot 408
2023 Peugeot 408

2023 Peugeot 408 Redesign

The 408 is based on the latest version of Peugeot’s EMP2 platform. It is powered by only a single pure-petrol engine along with hybrid plug-in powertrains starting at the beginning of 2023. The company has also stated that an electric-only version which is likely to be named the e-408 “a few months later.” The only version that isn’t electrified that will come in is the starting 128bhp 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine with three cylinders but it will be replaced with an alternative mild-hybrid model by the close of 2023 the company claims.

Powertrain

The plug-in powertrains are the Peugeot the 178bhp Hybrid 180 and 222-bhp Hybrid 225. Both models use the same 1.6-liter gasoline turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected with an electric motor connected to a 12.4kWh battery that takes 45 minutes and an hour to recharge from a wall box that’s 7kW. As of the time we went to press, the final homologated range performance and efficiency numbers were not yet verified, but as a comparison, the 308, and the PHEVs 508 and 3008 which utilize a similar plug-in hybrid system could extend up to 37 miles and 39 miles and so comparable numbers for the 408 are probable. Each engine is connected to an automatic eight-speed gearbox. So expect the 1.2 gasoline to go from 0-62mph within 10 minutes. The electric assistance of hybrids with plug-ins will mean they’ll be more efficient despite carrying more weight. The Hybrid 225 could dip below 8.5 seconds in the same speed benchmark.

Concept

The Project Director for Design Pierre-Paul Mattei told us that the design and layout of the 408 is what make this model’s design, but. “The new 408 models was launched in the last few years with the goal of completely re-imagining the saloon. Its driving experience is lively and higher than that of the saloon, but not as high as the coupe-SUV. It’s designed for those who want something fresh. It’s a highly dynamic saloon, with the look of the modern Peugeot DNA. “Nothing is neutral on this car,” he stated. “Everything does something. The style of the design is different to the one we’ve been accustomed in at Peugeot. It’s sharper, more diamond-faceted design. It’s disruptive. Consider the 20-inch wheels. We tried to incorporate the square pattern into the shape of a circle.”

At 4.69 meters in length and with 4.69 meters of length and a 2.79m wheelbase, The 408 is quite long. At 1.48m tall, the ride is more like a saloon with a higher roof rather than an SUV-style coupe. As opposed to the complex grille, from a perspective, the lines of the 408 are simple, with smooth surfaces, which are accentuated by sharp creases, and an elongated shoulder line. The rear end design is just as complex as the front with the lower portion of the bumper making the appearance of an “inverted cut-out” as part of the high-set and chopped-off tail, with the intention to reduce its visual bulk and enhancing the 408’s elevated posture. The car is available in six body colors as well as this brand new Obsession Blue.

2023 Peugeot 408 Release Date
2023 Peugeot 408 Release Date

Despite the car’s slim profile that also reduces drag to 0.28Cd There’s been an emphasis on practicality in the design, as Mattei said to us. “Roominess was the biggest issue for this car and it has the largest knee room at the rear of the Peugeot range, with just 188mm. It’s a worldwide car that meets the requirements for space that are derived from China. Chinese marketplace.” The incorporation of these requirements will benefit European customers as well while in the car at the time of the 408’s launch we noticed ample space. Despite the roof’s low profile, Peugeot promises plenty of headroom with a couple of relief areas in the roof to the rear, which will increase space. In terms of storage space In terms of space for luggage, the ICE version has 536 liters of space with seating in the back. This increases to 1,611 liters once the backrests are folded, while PHEV models offer 471 liters even with the rear seats raised because the battery is devouring the space.

Interior

The dash design is similar to that of the 308 hatchback’s. So the 408 is also a Peugeot improvement of its i-Cockpit’s interior layout, with the centrally-mounted 10-inch iConnect Advanced infotainment technology with the latest i-Toggles with touch sensors located lower down. In addition to this new infotainment setup that includes an over-the-air update capability as well as Peugeot’s voice recognition technology, it will come with an array of modern features like 10 speakers Focal stereo and LED headlights with matrix, and the capability to connect two smartphones using the most recent connectivity options as well as four USB ports, and wireless charging. A tailgate that is powered and has a heating seat and a sensor that is activated by the user’s foot is also available along with Peugeot’s most recent semi-autonomous driving technology.

2023 Peugeot 408 Review
2023 Peugeot 408 Review

The Drive Assist 2.0 package offers semi-automatic lane switching, and adaptive cruise control, with tracker and lane-keeping, assist also come with. The system also has night vision and long-range cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitoring offered, and Peugeot has created thicker, laminated windows that are available as an option to enhance refinement.

2023 Peugeot 408 Released

The 408 will be offered with Allure as well as GT models. Pricing isn’t yet set yet, however, the new car may start at approximately PS30,000 when it is released at the closing this year.