The Peugeot 408 stands out first and foremost for its dynamic silhouette and clear styling, but also for its departure from its usual form. The body lines are sharp, the grille is the same color as the body and defines the front end, along with the new Peugeot crest featuring a lion’s head. The inverted cutout on the rear bumper is a surprising detail and gives it a powerful look. With its distinctive fang-shaped headlights at the front and claw-like LED taillights, the 408 fits perfectly into the Peugeot family.
With a length of 4,690 mm and a wheelbase of almost 2,790 mm, the New Peugeot 408 feels relieved in the second row of seats. Knee space is 188 mm. The trunk is also spacious with a volume of 536 liters, which can be increased to 1,611 liters when the rear seat back is folded. The car is 1,480 mm tall and therefore has a slim silhouette. This improves aerodynamic efficiency thanks to a small front area of 0.654 m2 and a Cw value of 0.28. The 408 is based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform.
The Peugeot i-COCKPIT is one of Peugeot’s strengths. The small steering wheel is one of the features of the Peugeot i-COCKPIT. At eye level, just above the steering wheel, the new digital instrumentation of the Allure version includes a 10-inch display. From the GT version, the instrumentation has 3D technology. The digital instrument cluster is fully customizable and personalized and has multiple displays (TomTom Connected Navigation, Radio/Media, driver assistance system, energy flow, etc.), which can be switched directly from the control panel.
The dashboard construction in the Peugeot 408 is based on a ‘strong wind’ architecture, with the passenger ventilation grilles placed in a high position. This architecture also allows for a 10-inch touchscreen in the center, which is positioned slightly lower than the digital instrument directly in front of the driver, making it easier to reach. The system has a fully configurable i-toggle switch, which sits below the center screen and delivers a level of aesthetics and technology that is unique in its segment. Each i-rocker is a touch sensitive shortcut to climate settings, phone contacts, radio stations, and applications tailored to the user’s preferences.
There are two plug-in hybrid versions of the new Peugeot 408:
- HYBRID 225 e-EAT8: 2-wheel drive / PureTech engine combination 180 hp (132 kW) and electric motor 81 kW, mated to the e-EAT8 automatic transmission (WLTP measurements currently underway).
- HYBRID 180 e-EAT8 / 2 wheel drive / PureTech 150 hp (110 kW) engine combination and 81 kW electric motor, mated to the e-EAT8 automatic transmission (WLTP measurements currently underway).
The Li-ion batteries of both plug-in hybrid versions have a capacity of 12.4 kWh and a power of 102 kW. Two types of built-in chargers are available: the standard 3.7 kW 1-phase charger and the optional 7.4 kW 1-phase charger.
Estimated loading times are as follows:
- With a 7.4 kW (32 A) Wall Box and 7.4 kW 1-phase charger, it is fully charged in about 1 hour 40 minutes.
- With three-phase (16 A) current and 3.7 kW 1-phase charger, fully charged in about 3 hours 55 minutes.
- With standard power outlet (8A) and 3.7 kW 1 phase plugged charger, fully charged in about 7.05 hours.
A petrol version is also available: a 130 hp 1.2 liter PureTech three-cylinder petrol engine, which meets the latest EU 6.4 emission requirements, combined with an EAT8 8-speed automatic transmission and a Start & Stop system (WLTP measurements are currently underway).
comfort on board
The front seats are certified by AGR (Aktion für Gesunder Rücken), an independent association from Germany that specializes in ergonomics and back health. Certificates are issued for the ergonomics and range of adjustment of the front seats. The seats can also be equipped with ten-way electric adjustment and two-position memory for the driver’s seat, six-way electric adjustment for the passenger seat, as well as seat heating and massage functions with eight air cushions and five different programs.
When both parts of the backrest are folded down, the payload volume increases from 536 liters to 1,611 liters (including 36 liters of storage space under the trunk floor in the petrol engine version). With the rear seat backs folded down, objects up to 1.89 meters in length can be transported. The luggage compartment features a 12V socket on the right side wall, LED light, storage net, belt and hooks for bags.
Developed in collaboration with FOCAL, the French audio specialist, the FOCAL Premium Hi-Fi system in the new Peugeot 408 is the result of more than three years of collaborative research. Equipped with ARKAMYS digital sound processing, the FOCAL Premium Hi-Fi system consists of ten loudspeakers with exclusive patented technology:
- 4 TNF aluminum dome tweeters,
- 4 woofers/medium with Polyglass membrane and 165 mm TMD (Tuned Mass Damper) suspension,
- 1 polyglass middentons speaker,
- 1 Power Flower Ovoid subwoofer with three coils.
It connects to a new 690 W 12 channel amplifier.