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More spyshots of the new Peugeot 408 in Malaysia have surfaced, this time sent to us by reader Albert Lim. Two units of the C-segment sedan have been spotted roaming in Bayan Lepas, Penang, wearing some attempt at camouflage and Kedah trade plates. CKD Peugeots roll out of Naza’s facility in Gurun, Kedah.

These two mules differ from the previous unit spotted in Cameron Highlands. That car was a left-hand drive unit, probably brought in from China (the 408 was launched in China last year) for early testing. The cars you see here have been adapted to right-hand drive, and wear sporty blade-style five-spoke wheels as opposed to the Chinese-market 408’s multi-spoke items.

Despite having centre caps removed, the wheels are distinctively Peugeot, and the rear bumper design with integrated rectangular exhaust tips leaves one in no doubt that this is the new 408.

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Just like how the outgoing 408 was based on the previous T7 308, this new one shares PSA’s EMP2 underpinnings with the new 308, the 2014 European Car of the Year that was launched here in April. The proportions are smarter, and the 2,730 mm wheelbase is 20 mm longer than before. It should be significantly lighter too, if the new 308’s 140 kg savings is anything to go by.

It was revealed to us in March that the new 408 could launch sometime in the second half this year. Under the bonnet should sit a direct-injected, turbocharged 1.6 litre THP engine with a six-speed automatic – China also gets 1.2 litre e-THP and 1.8 litre CVVT mills.

Chinese market Peugeot 408