Yes, it’s the Peugeot 408 caught on camera, again! But these latest sightings are different from the previous ones – not only are the cars fully uncovered, they are in groups, as opposed to roaming/testing solo.
First, reader Khairul Affendi Bin Johani sent in a set of pics of the Peugeot 408 on trailers. Spotted on the North-South Expressway near Sungai Petani, the three trailers were fully loaded, south bound, according to the man.
Look hard at the upper right side of the boot, and the bottom car has a 408 Turbo badge, whereas the car upstairs has a smaller 408-only emblem. So two variants will be offered, we presumed.
Hours later, reader Kumar sent in pics of a group of 408s in what looks like a storage yard. According to the 406 owner, the loot was from Tanjung Bungah in Penang, but since we can see Motel Sri Pantai in the background, the good man may have got his Tanjungs mixed up :) Kumar’s pics tell us more – the cars without the “Turbo” rear badge have a “2.0″ emblem on the side.
What this could mean is that Nasim will be introducing a turbocharged engine (likely to be the 1.6 THP Prince engine from the 308) and a 2.0L naturally aspirated engine for the 408.
In China, the 408 can be had with the EW10 2.0L engine with 147 PS and 200 Nm – could this be a “safe option” for C-segment buyers who are accustomed to a 2.0L engine? With the sedan bodied 408, Peugeot will be casting a wider net at the mass market compared to the 308, so it makes sense.
Sources hint that the launch is near, could be as soon as the end of this month or early June.