The Peugeot 508 has a refresh on the horizon, as a new teaser video announced that the car will debut on February 24, 2023. The clip’s description includes the hashtag #PSE, suggesting that the updated performance version will arrive at the same time.
Meanwhile, a shot gives a glimpse of the updated 508. It features updated headlights that seem to be narrower. A wide, trapezoidal opening is in the lower fascia. At the back, the tail lights have new graphics. Inside, the model reportedly receives an updated infotainment system.
The Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) variant is the hottest version of the existing 508. It has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors, and the total output is 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) with 384 pound-feet (520 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s the most powerful road-going model ever available from the brand.
The plug-in hybrid uses an 11.5-kilowatt-hour battery. It lets the vehicle cover 26 miles (42 kilometers) on purely electric power in the WLTP cycle.
The 508 PSE gets to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.2 seconds. The top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph (250 kph).
However, there’s no sign that Peugeot would update any of the 508’s power trains for this refresh. Mid-cycle updates are usually when automakers introduce these updates.
In January 2023, the French brand announced a plan to launch the E-308, E-308 SW, E-408, E-3008, and E-5008 electric vehicles in the next two years. In addition, the company said a 48-volt hybrid system is coming to the 208, 2008, 308, 3008, 5008, and 408. By 2030, the brand intends to offer only EVs in Europe.
Giving Its 2008 A Mild-Hybrid Technology
During the Peugeot E-Lion Day last week, the French automaker announced plans to give its 2008 a mild-hybrid technology later this year. The 48V setup will likely arrive with the small crossover’s mid-cycle facelift, which has now been spied for the first time. Caught out in the cold while resting between two test sessions, the vehicle has camouflage only at the rear. However, future prototypes are expected to wear a disguise at the front as well.
The dual exhaust tips denote that it is a 2024 Peugeot 2008 prototype equipped with a combustion engine, but the e-2008 is likely to go through the same styling changes. From what is visible so far, the B-segment crossover has received redesigned tail lights. The rear bumper looks more of the same, although since the Stellantis brand bothered to cover it, there could be some discreet tweaks that can’t be seen because of the camo.
As far as modifications underneath the hood, those mild-hybrid models will be powered by a new generation of PureTech gasoline engines with 100 and 136 horsepower. The output will be delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission incorporating a 21-kilowatt electric motor. Aside from the extra low-end torque, the 2008 will cut fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent.
Recent small EVs by Stellantis have been improved and chances are the e-2008 is next in line to get an upgrade for extra range. Take for example, the 2023 e-208 with an extra 20 hp for a grand total of 156 hp while the torque has stayed the same at 260 Nm (191 lb-ft). The electric supermini now has a bigger battery with a usable capacity of 48.1 kWh (up from 46.2 kWh) to cover 400 kilometers (249 miles) on a single charge in the WLTP cycle.