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The upcoming Peugeot 408 has been spotted undergoing testing in Malaysia again, this time by reader Mohd Zalian in Gurun, Kedah. Gurun is of course the manufacturing base for Peugeot’s local partner Naza.

Now, we’ve seen the sedan sister of the latest Peugeot 308 on test before, but this is the first time someone has peered into the cabin. As you can see above, it’s a right-hand drive car with the 308’s unique i-cockpit dashboard. The China-market 408 has its own, more conventional dashboard design.

The view is clear enough for us to see that everything is pretty much identical to the Malaysian-spec 308 THP, down to the black theme, metallic trim and seat design. It’s all there, from the push start button and electronic parking brake to the big touch-screen that’s central to the car’s minimalist dash design.

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Other than that, the test mule shows off sporty blade-style five-spoke wheels as opposed to the Chinese-market 408’s multi-spoke items, as well as twin pipes neatly integrated into the rear bumper.

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 normally aspirated 1.8 litre CVVT mills.


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