Peugeot 508 THP Facelift 2

The launch of the facelifted Peugeot 508 is clearly imminent – we’ve just seen the range-topping GT turbodiesel that is currently on display at Mid Valley Megamall, and today we bring you first showroom pictures of the petrol THP variant.

Looking at it from the outside, there are new claw-shaped adaptive LED headlights, slimmer trapezoidal chrome grille that incorporates the lion badge (previously on the bonnet) and reshaped lower air intakes incorporating the LED daytime running lights (these double as indicators). This particular version sits on the same 18-inch wheels as on the current Premium, indicating that it replaces the outgoing mid-spec variant.

At the rear, the LED tail lights retain their three-bar graphics, but they’re of a cleaner design this time around, and the reverse and indicator lights are now arranged at the bottom instead of being in between the bars. The black rear bumper insert is also wider than before – here, they feature chrome bars that frame the reflectors; on the GT they’re replaced by visible dual exhaust exits.

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Very little has changed on the inside – as we mentioned before, the iDrive-style rotary controller for the central display has disappeared, with a new roll-top cubby hole taking its place. Instead, the seven-inch display is now a touchscreen; this also explains why the radio preset buttons on the centre stack have disappeared, as they are now controlled by touch.

One point of contention is the monochrome multi-information display in the instrument cluster – on the current Premium variant it’s a colour LCD unit, shared with the GT.

Under the bonnet sits the same Prince 1.6 litre THP turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine as before, but it’s now upgraded to 163 hp at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,400-4,250 rpm (the same tune as on the 3008 and 5008, as well as the Citroën DS4). Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Kit count remains the same as before and includes keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights (including auto high beam) and wipers, leather upholstery, power-operated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a colour head-up display, a JBL 10-speaker sound system and manual sun blinds for both the rear side windows and, bizarrely, the rear windscreen.

Safety-wise, there’s six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and Isofix child seat anchors at the rear, unchanged from the outgoing car.