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A reader has sent in yet more spyshots of the new Peugeot 408 sedan. Although there’s nothing new with these images – save for a new funky dotted camouflage pattern – it once again shows that the new C-segment sedan is still very much on its way to market.

First local sightings of the 408 in May were of lightly-disguised left-hand drive vehicles, but photos came in two months later of more heavily-camouflaged right-hand drive units, sporting more handsome blade-like five-spoke wheels instead of the previous Chinese-spec multi-spoke items. The Kedah trade plates on the latter cars were the first indication that the sedan could be assembled locally (CKD), at Naza’s plant in Gurun.

In August, more spyshots (this time at Gurun itself) provided us a sneak peek at the interior, bringing a surprise – instead of being fitted with the Chinese car’s more conventional dashboard, the mule’s cabin was pretty much identical to the 308, with the i-cockpit dash featuring a high-set instrument cluster, a smaller steering wheel and the 9.7-inch HD touchscreen display flanked by the centre air vents.

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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.

Shouldn’t be too long now before the new 408 makes its way into showrooms – it was revealed to us back in March that the new 408 could launch sometime in the second half this year, and it’s almost the end of the 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.


GALLERY: Chinese-market Peugeot 408