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Peugeot reveals 508 prices

The new Peugeot 508 will start from £18,150 when it goes on sale in the UK in April 2011, the French car maker has confirmed.

Peugeot’s replacement for both the 407 and 607 will be available in saloon and SW – or estate – body styles in the UK, and comes with five specification levels.

These include entry-level Access, SR, Active, Allure and the range-topping GT model, which uses a different suspension set up from the others to improve road handling and steering.

French saloons have rarely made an impact on the UK market, but Peugeot is relying on revamped styling including a new front end featuring a single floating grille and new LEDs in the rear light clusters to tempt buyers.

It will also focus on bringing down CO2 emissions to appeal to business buyers, with even the model with the highest emissions coming in at just over 150g/km and at the lower end, emissions dropping to just 109g/km.

While saloon versions start from £18,150, SW models will start from the slightly higher price point of £19,175.

Peugeot 508 engines

Customers have a choice of seven different powertrains for the 508. Petrol engines consist of two 1.6-litre engines delivering 130 and 156bhp.

Meanwhile, four engines complete the diesel line-up, including a 1.6 HDi 112bhp unit at the bottom of the range and a 2.0-litre diesel in 140, 163 and 200bhp variations.

Only the 163 and 200bhp diesel engines come with an automatic gearbox. The 140bhp HDi and the 1.6-litre 156bhp petrol come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6-litre 112bhp petrol engine is offered with an electronically controlled manual gearbox (ECG).

The smaller of the diesel engines also comes in e-HDi form. The ‘e’ signifies Peugeot’s eco-friendly Start & Stop technology, which turns the engine off when the car is stationary.

This brings CO2 emissions down to just 109g/km for the saloon and 110g/km for the SW when used with an EGC gearbox instead of the manual option, enough to qualify the car for VED band B. This means zero road tax in the first year and only £20 in subsequent years.

Peugeot has also promised a 4x4 diesel hybrid will be introduced after launch, bringing CO2 emissions down below 99g/km and offering an all-electric mode for short distances.

Peugeot 508 prices

The Peugeot 508 Access with the e-HDi technology starts from £19,050 and £20,075 for the saloon and SW versions respectively.

The technology is also available on Active and SR trim levels from £20,750 and £20,950 respectively.

At the top of the range, the Peugeot 508 GT with 2.0-litre HDi 200bhp engine and six-speed automatic gearbox costs £28,750 for the saloon and £29,975 for the SW.

The Peugeot 508 will be available to buy from UK showrooms in April 2011.