51 - New 508 Saloon (GT HDi 200)

The next-gen Peugeot 508 (current-gen facelift pictured), scheduled to rear its head in 2017, is set to debut PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s autonomous driving technology, reports Automotive News Europe.

In the company’s annual meeting last month, CEO Carlos Tavares reportedly said that driver aids planned for the new 508 will be a step towards fully-autonomous driving.

Moreover, a PSA spokesman told ANE that the new EMP2-based D-segmenter will offer hands-free steering and braking control in congested traffic, along highways and for parking, but did not elaborate. EMP2 currently underpins the Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4 Picasso.

IHS Automotive analyst Ian Fletcher pointed out that such features are already popping up either as standard or as options in the class, citing as an example the Ford Mondeo. He said the 508’s autonomous driving features should help it compete better in the tough segment.

Over here, we’re on the cusp of getting our PF3-based 508 facelift – the updated car was previewed recently at Mid Valley in GT guise, with a 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, a six-speed auto and a RM205k estimated price. See a showroom gallery of the THP petrol below, as well as the GT diesel.

2015 Peugeot 508 facelift 1.6 THP petrol

2015 Peugeot 508 facelift 2.2 GT diesel