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When an automaker wants a flagship halo model, what form does it usually take? A sportscar or a luxury sedan most of the time. But Peugeot is planning neither. For its new flagship, the French automaker is reportedly going with a crossover.

Based on the existing 508 SW (pictured above), the new top-of-the-line Peugeot would follow a similar formula to the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro. That would mean taller form, with raised ride height and a proportion of fresh bodywork to differentiate it from the rest of the 508 range, which itself replaced both the 407 and 607 sedans, leaving room for the range to grow up-market.

The as-yet unnamed model would likely, according to reports, employ the company's Hybrid4 diesel-electric through-the-road all-wheel-drive powertrain that mates a 163-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel with a 37-hp electric motor.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks good. (I must admit that I also like the proportions of nearly every wagon ever made)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car should arrive soon as it looks quite ready to me: http://www.gmotors.co.uk/news/2012-peugeot-508-sw-allroad-outdoor-first-spy-photos/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully not because that is one uglyyy looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      from the linked AutoCar article:

      "...This so-called ‘hors series’ 508 will be the best equipped and plushest variation, its detail design majoring on the all-wheel-drive diesel Hybrid4 technology.
      That consists of a 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel driving the front wheels and a 37bhp electric motor propelling the rear. In the 3008 Hybrid4, this is good for 74mpg and CO2 of 99g/km..."

      74mpg (Imp. gallons) = 61.6 miles per U.S. gal. = 3.8 l/100 km

      Impressive drive-train in a good-looking wagon.
      EU shoppers have such interesting options, in large part due to how g/km of CO2 emissions are taxed. Sounds like regulation driving innovation, but we're pretty shy/fearful about trying that in the U.S..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, regulations kind of drive innovation with regards to emissions in the EU. However, that is also one of the many contributing factors for our cars to be more expensive than in the USA. Why? At least in my country, the auto tax is based on both engine size and CO2 emissions/km (with different values for gas and Diesel). This means that small engines with low emissions pay less tax, but still not 0.

        I'm not saying this is good or bad, but if your country ever stops to be shy/fearful of going the same route, be prepared for more expensive cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yuck, how 2007-ish is a 'crossover' ? Raise the height making it less stable and therefore less fun to drive and more dangerous? Add a bunch of plasticy parts increasing the weight even further? No thanks.

      Why not go the other way... lower the car, add some tasteful ground-effects and sportier rims. I agree with DTM that wagon proportions always appeal to me, but car companies seem to want to expand them out for some reason (I'm looking at you Subaru, for discontinuing the Legacy Wagon).
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the rumors of the Chrysler LX-based 908 flagship for Peugeot, related to the entry-level Maserati?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Volvo V60 with a French nosejob...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somehow car design has got to the point where a lot of new cars look just all right in photos but bloody good in person - this car is definitely in that category, there's something about it that doesn't come across in photos...