New 2023 Peugeot 408 Coupe Crossover Wants To Banish Boring Family Cars
Peugeot has jumped on the hottest design trend of the moment to create the 2023 408 coupe crossover. From our source: (Credit to carscoops). The new c-segment family car’s closest conceptual rivals are the Renault Arkana and its own Citroen C5 X sister, but the 408 will also face off against more conventional opposition like the Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus, proving to buyers that non-premium cars needn’t be boring.
The 408 isn’t simply a badge-engineered C5 X, though. It has the same basic layout of four-doors, a sporty liftback rear, and raised ground clearance versus a conventional sedan. But the Peugeot has a bolder face, different window design in the the rear door, squared-off rear styling and body panels characterized by more assertive lines.
Black cladding on the bumpers, wheelarches, and below the doors tries to create a bit of attitude, and ultra-slim LED headlights carry that moody look through to the front end design. The rear styling with its Subaru WRX-style “diaper” rear bumper is arguably less happy, but the two “cat ears” (Peugeot’s words) mounted on the top of the C-pillars to optimise airflow around the rear end are certainly eye catching.
As with the C5 X, the base engine is a 1.2-liter PureTech triple that makes 128 hp (130 PS) and drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmissions. Peugeot doesn’t say how fast the 408 goes, but the Citroen with the same powertrain combo needs a fairly leisurely 10.4 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h), so if you’ve got an ounce of gas (or amps) in your veins, then you’re going to want to upgrade to one of the PHEVs.
Both mate a PureTech 1.6-liter four with an 81 kW (109 hp/110 PS) electric motor, again driving the front wheels only through an eight-speed auto. But while the 408 Hybrid 225’s version of the gas motor makes 178 hp (180 PS) before its electric boost, the Hybrid 180 can only muster 148 hp (150 PS). Those 180 and 225 model names refer to the total system output in metric horsepower in each case, which translates to 178 hp and 222 hp. Citroen doesn’t offer the junior version to help us fill in the performance stat blanks in Peugeot’s press material, but we know the 225-equipped C5 X can reach 62 mph in 7.9 seconds.
Also missing from Peugeot’s launch info is the electric driving range of those PHEVs. Maybe Peugeot doesn’t have the finalized numbers. Or maybe it was too embarrasses to tell. Looking again at the C5 X, we can expect a WLTP rating of around 34-38 miles (55-61 km), but probably only 25-30 in real use. Charging the 12.4 kWh battery with the standard 3.7 kW on-board charger is a 3 hr 50 minute affair, but that can be slashed to 1 hr 55 minutes if you fork out for the optional 7.4 kW charger. An all-electric 408 will be added to the range later, Peugeot says.