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Peugeot unveils 407 replacement

  • 508 saloon and estate to replace 407 early next year
  • 99g/km diesel/electric hybrid model due in mid-2011
  • Stop/start tech for diesel models

Peugeot has revealed pictures of the car the will replace the ageing 407 range - the 508.

Due to go on sale in the UK early next year, the 508 will be offered as a saloon and an SW estate. Both will make their world debuts at September's Paris Motor Show.

As well as sleeker styling, Peugeot is promising great leaps in terms of fuel economy and emissions thanks to new technology, lower weight and improved aerodynamics.

All diesel engines will be fitted with the firm's e-HDi stop/start system which is claimed to improve fuel economy by 15%.

A few months after it is launched, the 508 range will be expanded with the addition of a Hybrid4 model which blends a diesel engine with an electric motor. Peugeot claims 200bhp performance combined with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. It will also run in full electric mode, offering zero exhaust emissions.

As a result of its sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, the 508 will qualify for the tougher company car tax bandings which come into force in April 2012, ensuring it remains in the lowest possible 13% banding.

Full details will be announced at Paris, but expect the 508 to be fitted with a range of 1.6 and 2.0-litre HDi diesels.

Expect prices to start at around £19,000.