You probably would have remembered that the facelifted Peugeot 508 was launched in Malaysia last month, but only estimated prices were given at the time. Well, the real deal is finally out and guess what – the car is slightly cheaper across the board than previously estimated.
The refreshed range has done away with the base RM155,888 Turbo S variant, so the previous mid-spec Premium model now kicks off the lineup as the 508 THP, with a starting price of RM173,888. That’s a RM4,000 premium (hah!) over the outgoing model.
Want a more practical bodystyle to go with the new chisel-jawed looks? The 508 SW THP wagon is now priced at RM183,888, again RM4,000 more than before. Finally, the range-topping 508 GT diesel retails at RM201,888, an increase of RM2,000. All prices, on-the-road inclusive of insurance and GST, are between RM1,000-RM3,000 lower than the earlier estimates (THP RM175k, SW THP RM185k, GT RM205k).
Introduced to the world last year, the updated 508 gains a sharper new face with LED headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights and indicators. There’s also a more upright bonnet, a cleaner rear bumper design and sleeker “three-claw” tail lights.
Changes are relatively minor inside – the BMW iDrive-like rotary controller for the central screen is gone, replaced by a roll-top cubbyhole. This necessitated a switch to a touchscreen for the seven-inch display.
Engine choices remain the same across the range. Both petrol models are powered by the ubiquitous Prince 1.6 litre THP 165 turbo four that develops – you guessed it – 165 PS and 240 Nm of torque from 1,450 to 4,250 rpm. On the diesel side, there’s a 2.2 litre HDi turbodiesel packing a strong 206 PS and 450 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm. Both mills are mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission.