Earlier this year, Peugeot launched and introduced the new Peugeot 408 sedan to the Chinese market. Now it looks like the French manufacturer is also keen on bringing their compact sedan to another market, South America.
In an announcement made earlier this week, the Lion marquee disclosed its plans of bringing the 408 sedan to the South American market. Peugeot also announced that the 408, the long wheelbase version of the 308, is currently being produced at the company’s PSA Peugeot Citroen Palomar production plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will eventually be sold in 27 countries, including Argentina and Brazil.
Peugeot has yet to release information on what kind of variants the 408 will have in South America, although if its something similar to what the Chinese-market 408s are, it could come in two powertrains: a 1.6-liter gas engine that produces around 106 horsepower and a 2.0-liter variant that tops at about 147 horsepower.
Of course, we’re just making a couple of guesses on the matter, but everything should all come to a clear sometime in October when the 408 makes its debut in South America at the San Paulo Motor Show in Brazil.
The French automaker Peugeot has just added a new model to their lineup for the Chinese market. While the new Peugeot 408 is in fact a long wheelbase sedan based on the 308. The new car’s name follows the Lion Marque’s traditional nomenclature, with the number 4 referring to the size of the vehicle, which measures 4.68 meters in length, and its position in the midsize luxury saloon segment. The 0 denotes the 408 as a Peugeot, while the 8 signifies the sedan’s generation.
The Peugeot 408 is offered with a choice of 1.6 Liter 16 V four cylinder making 110 HP or a 2.0 Liter 16 V cranking out 147 HP. Both being mated to a “BE” type five speed manual gearbox.
Peugeot is preparing to replace the current 407 . Its successor, the 408 will be revealed in December 2009 and according to the French Magazine Auto Journal might look like this. The 408 will share the same platform as the current Citroen C5 , but will clearly have its own identity.
Jerome Gallix, Peugeot’s design directory declared, "The new Peugeot will still be dynamic, but will feature a simpler design, more harmonious and more balanced." Translation: the 408 will be a revised car on the old car’s platform.
The big news is that next to the standard gasoline and diesel engine, the future 408 will also feature the HYmotion2 hybrid technology revealed by Peugeot in Paris.
Peugeot unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the RC HYmotion4 , that according to AutoExpress previews the next generation of the mid-size 408. If this is true, earlier reports of the 407 ’s replacement looking only like a minor facelift will be dead wrong.
The RC concept uses a 1.6-liter THP turbo at the rear and a 70KW electric motor at the front. Although this is a functioning design study, the first engines available in the 408 will likely be more conventional.
Peugeot will replace in three years its current generation of its mid-size class (D-segment) sedan with the new 408. The French magazine AutoPlus revealed a few renderings that show us how the car might look like.
According to those pictures, the future 408 will keep the same shape as the current 407, the company wanted to suggest the car is indeed a Peugeot, but will also get design elements from the current 308.
Peugeot might revealed the first official sketches this year.