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Peugeot 508 – Click above for high-res image gallery

While some automakers are diversifying, others are consolidating. Like Peugeot, for example, which is preparing to replace both the 407 and 607 with an all-new 508. The big sedan is set to debut in a couple of months at the biennial Paris Motor Show, but after spy shots found their way to our desks a couple of weeks ago, this first batch of official-looking images have already leaked their way out and are circulating the interwebs as you read these words.

Previewed by the 5 by Peugeot concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and based on sister-company Citroën's C5 sedan, the new 508 has appeared in both sedan and wagon formats. Full details will undoubtedly be released sometime in the next couple of months as the Paris salon approaches, but in the meantime Francophiles can check out the images in the gallery below for a closer look. Thanks for the tip, Mono!

[Source: OmniAuto.ittranslated]

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      Tasteless. I own a Peugeot 206, which, back on its days, was a breakthrough in car design with its sporty lines; and now steps in this ultra-conservative model, which looks like a blend of other cars in its segment, with hints at Audi (grille) and BMW (Hofmeister kink).
      Like the french say, this is a car to please monsieur tout le monde. Well, this monsieur isn't pleased at all. On the contrary, I'm very disappointed. It's a rather bland car, neutered of any aggression.
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        Looks very much like the big Lexus.
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        Yep, too Nissan and not weird-French enough for me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like that wagon.
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        Agreed, love the corporate grill, simple yet distinctive. Overall it's a very clean design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks a bit too german to be french :p
      where is the 'wtf waw"
        • 4 Years Ago
        "WTF waw" does not sell, nowadays...
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      I could easily see that as the next Maxima...
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        P.S. This is a Peugeot, Renault owns Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Matt, although I disagree with most of the comments you made, I also do however feel sorry for the Avantime. It was France's answer to the BMW Z3 shooting brake- basically, it was supposed to be a practical coupe-a coupe MPV. The reason it failed was because Renault didn't advertise it enough, and it didn't really have the "sports car feeling" that made the Z3 morderately successful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, you don't seem to realize how much bigger the Avantime is compared to the Z3: they didn't fight in the same category at all! Just compare the figures (in meters):

        Length: 4.03
        Width: 1.74
        Height: 1.31

        Lenght: 4.64
        Width: 1.83
        Height: 1.63

        The former is a sporty 2-seater whereas the latter is an uber comfy 5-seat minivan with 2 doors and a huge boot, so they didn't appeal to the same population.

        I had a friend who was driving an Avantime V6 in Metallic blue and beige leather. It performed quite well (the engine wasn't stellar for such a big car, tho) and was a looker. It was also very gratifying for passengers (awesome suspension and seats, glass everywhere, quirky door kinematics), but the interior quality wasn't on par with the exterior (I sometimes hear that some parts were assembled with tape lol).
        All in all the Avantime was the exact opposite of the Vel Satis which is ugly but has a well made interior (better materials and assembly). Both have awesome seats, though. :)

        I think the Avantime hasn't been successful because of the time of release:
        1) The design wasn't conservative enough to either please the usual Renault buyer or divert the premium car buyer from the German trio.
        2) Renault was then at an all-time low when it comes to reliability, especially because of the notorious 2.2-litre dCi engine and more generally electronics (too much innovation in a short time frame + reorganisation and relocation in 1998-2000 to a brand new research centre near Paris).

        Had the car been released 5 years later, i.e. after the Megane II had made the new Renault design language popular, it would have made much better sales IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice-looking French-mobile!
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      Reminds me of my '07 Altima in the primary photo.
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        side is very much G35 and that's the first car that popped in my head

        the hood and lights point more towards teh Altima, or even the Buick Lucerne

        but it does not look so bad, I just still would not put down the money they'll ask for this - I'm thinking it will be priced right up there with the G37
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm glad it wasn't just me-when I saw it I thought wow that looks pretty good, but it looks like a Nissan in drag for some reason. I know Renault and Peugeot cooperate on cars and obviously Renault and Nissan are tied up so I'm actually curious if there's Nissan underpinnings in this thing.
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      I kept looking for signs of the previous 50x Peugeots - the 504 and 505, both of which I've driven extensively (I learned to drive in a 505). Nope. It's all 406, "embiggened."

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      It's way too conservative from what people expect from French cars - which is bags of character. Still, from pictures at least it's attractive enough but I think it'll age quickly.

      Sad to see the demise of the 607, practically the last E-segment machine from a mainstream European manufacturer to get the axe. They've all gone over the past fifteen years as BMW and the other Q-marques have consumed their pricing territory with their less expensive variants of the 5-series et al.
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