This disguised sedan was spotted by reader Eugene on the PLUS highway between Kampar and Sungkai on Friday afternoon during lunch hour. It was accompanied by a Naza Forte. Although it is disguised, we can identify it as the Peugeot 408 by looking at the shape.
Nasim has been referring to the Peugeot 408 by the codename T73 sedan so far, as the “408” name has not been confirmed for our market. It is known as the 408 in the markets its been launched in so far. Despite its name, it’s not really a continuation of the 407, as the successor for that car has moved upmarket and is now called the Peugeot 508.
Although Nasim plans for the T73 to be locally assembled, this unit shouldn’t be one of the locally assembled units as from this picture we can see it is a left hand drive unit.
The Peugeot 408 is a C-segment sedan and is based on the Peugeot 308 hatchback chassis. However, Peugeot has increased the wheelbase so there should be significantly better interior space for the 408 sedan as compared to the 308 hatchback. Because of the longer chassis and new body panels instead of merely carrying over the 308 body panels, the 408 doesn’t suffer much from the awkwardness of typical hatches that are converted to sedans.
The 408 has a wheelbase of 2,710mm, which is 10mm longer than the roomy 8th generation Honda Civic’s 2,700mm wheelbase. In China, the 408 was launched with two engines – a 110hp/147Nm 1.6 litre engine and a 147hp/200Nm 2.0 litre engine.
Look after the jump for the full gallery of spyshots, a promo video, as well as product photos of the Peugeot 408 from its international unveiling.
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