Nasim introduced four new Peugeot 508 variants this evening at the Subang Skypark. The aviation themed launch saw the unveiling of diesel-powered Peugeots for the first time in Malaysia by Nasim, as well as the debut of the wagon bodied 508 SW.

The new variants are 508 Standard, 508 SW, 508 GT and 508 SW GT. The existing 508, launched back in October 2011, is now called 508 Premium, slotting in between the Standard and GT in the sedan range.

Nasim elected to bring in the diesel cars in GT spec, and both HDi powered 508s are range toppers. The modern 2.2 litre HDi FAP diesel engine produces 204 hp at 3,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. That means we can expect very strong pulling power and good flexibility, as well as a 0-100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 235 km/h.

Choosing an oil burner means one has fuel economy in mind, and the 508 needs just 5.7 litres of diesel per 100 km in the EU combined cycle, or 5.9 litres per 100 km in the SW. Like the petrol 508, a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with steering paddles does transmission duties.

GT spec means that the HDi cars roll on multi-spoke 19-inch alloys and 235/40 Continental tyres. The sportier suspension setup is also exclusive – GT-spec 508s have double wishbone front suspension with drop-link hub carriers, while non-GT cars make do with MacPherson struts. Rear multi-links are standard across the range. GT cars also get bigger 340 mm disc brakes at the front.

Let’s talk about the SW. This sleekly shaped wagon shares the same 2,817 mm wheelbase as the sedan, but is 21 mm longer overall. All of that extra length is in the rear overhang. The SW’s load height is also 88 mm lower than the sedan’s 699 mm, making it easier to lift cargo in. The tailgate is closes at a touch of a button.

Boot volume stands at 660 litres (up to window height), which is 115 litres more than the sedan. Maximum boot space with the rear seats folded down (measured up to the roof) is 1,865 litres, or 284 litres more than the sedan. Both the SW and SW GT come with a full length panoramic glass roof.

The petrol engine for the entire range is a familiar one, the 156 THP unit with 156 hp and 240 Nm at 1,400 rpm. This twin-scroll turbo 1.6L engine pushes the big Peugeot from 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, before a limited 220 km/h top speed is reached.

From the outside, the Standard can be recognised from its 17-inch star spoke rims, an inch smaller than the Premium’s hoop spoke design wheels.

The entry-level 508 gets bi-xenon headlamps (auto leveling, with washers), LED DRLs, front and rear parking sensors, auto headlamps/wipers, eight-way electric front seats, USB/Bluetooth stereo and steering controls/paddles. Also standard are six airbags, Hill Start Assist, ESP, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist.

The Premium adds on Smart Beam (auto high beam whenever possible), Available Space Measurement parking aid, keyless entry with push start, four-zone air con, premium leather seats, colour head up display (HUD) and a 10-speaker JBL sound system with 500W subwoofer. The Premium also gets a colour LCD in the instrument panel and an electric parking brake.

The GT-spec further adds on Cohiba Nappa brown leather upholstery and memory + massage for the driver’s electric seat.

The 508 sedan range starts at RM155,888 for the Standard, rising to RM169,888 for the Premium (no change from 2011 price) and RM199,888 for the diesel-powered GT. On the SW side, the petrol version will cost you RM179,888 while the range-topping diesel SW GT is priced at RM209,888. All figures are OTR including insurance.