LIKE THE MGM lion heralding the next blockbuster, Peugeot is hoping a new, larger version of its big-cat logo set in a more confident, attention-grabbing grille will have audiences in rapture over its latest release: the facelifted 508 range.
The model arrives refreshed to take on the new VW Passat, recently facelifted Vauxhall Insignia and forthcoming Ford Mondeo in a sector that is wilting under the onslaught of SUVs including the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai.
In an attempt to seize back some ground, and like the host of a flagging TV gameshow, the revised Peugeot 508 arrives in showrooms sporting not only its more confident smile but also an updated bonnet, new LED lights for top-spec versions, an integrated 7in touchscreen incorporating key functions, and a restyled rear bumper.
In addition to carrying over a range of 1.6 and 2-litre diesel engines from the outgoing range, the new 508 which, as before, is available in saloon, estate and RXE crossover form, will see the introduction of new Euro VI-compliant 2-litre BlueHDi diesel engines with emissions from just 109g/km.
Prices for the facelifted 508 range from £22,054 for the 1.6-litre Active saloon to £34,645 for the RXH 2.0 HDi diesel-electric hybrid.