Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered teased online

Performance-orientated Peugeot 508 plug-in hybrid been teased online ahead of planned Geneva Motor Show reveal

Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has posted a picture online of the forthcoming performance-orientated Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered plug-in hybrid. A concept version was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, but this is our first proper look at the production version due on sale later in 2020.

Imparato issued the image with the caption: "Intelligent electrified neo-performance. Born in the PeugeotSport laboratory."  The single picture was then followed up by a wider selection, courtesy of Peugeot UK.

The shots show the new model from myriad angles, although the interior has been kept under wraps for the time being. The concept had a total power output of nearly 400bhp, but the production version is expected to put out in the region of 350bhp – likely sharing its drivetrain with the range-topping version of the DS 9 E-TENSE luxury saloon car.

Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered performance

Taking the standard plug-in hybrid version of the 508 as its starting point, Peugeot Sport boosted both performance and efficiency and gave the exterior a sporty makeover. The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept was powered by a PureTech 200 (197bhp) petrol engine plus a 108bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, as well as a separate 197bhp electric motor powering the rear wheels, giving it four-wheel drive.

The total power output of all the drivetrain elements combined is 496bhp, but the car's actual maximum power is around 400bhp, as the electric motor and petrol engine can't deliver their peak power outputs simultaneously. An 11.8kWh battery stores enough energy for a zero-emissions range of 31 miles. CO2 emissions are 49g/km. It's likely the production version will use a similar setup, albeit with slightly less power.

Outside, the 508 concept sported a redesigned front bumper with a 3D-printed valance under it, as well as a new rear diffuser for added downforce. Flaps and winglets have sprouted from the quarter panels, while the car is finished in a special paint shade, Selenium Grey. These new images aren't all that different, with special graphics, big wheels and a sporty-looking bodykit. It's not clear whether the production version will be offered with a similar livery, or if this is just for the show car.

The concept also had carbon-fibre door mirrors and an anodised finish on its lion badge – something first seen on 2018's Peugeot e-Legend concept car. It looks as if these have been carried over.

Interior

We've not yet been given a look inside the production-ready 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered model. However, the concept featured 'comfort fit' sports seats upholstered in Alcantara, as well as a touch-sensitive gearlever and a compact sports steering wheel. Further Alcantara trim could be found on the roof, quarter panels and A-pillars. Peugeot's familiar 'i-Cockpit' virtual dials made an appearance, along with a 10-inch HD touchscreen and 12.3-inch head up display panel.

David Peel, Peugeot UK's managing director, said at the time of the concept's revealing: “The work of everyone at Peugeot involved in developing our electric dream is starting to move faster than we ever thought possible. The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept shows what's possible and gives us a taste of things to come over the next five years as we continue the path towards the electrification of our entire line-up.”