Peugeot has presented the new 508 SW, which is the estate version of its D-segment model that was revealed earlier in the year. According to the French automaker, the 508 SW will make its first public debut at the Paris Motor Show before going on sale in Europe from January 2019.

A good reason why you’ll want the 508 SW is the more generous boot space offered by the body style, which stands at 530 litres (with the luggage cover closed). With the 60:40 split-folding seats laid out flat, you’ll have 1,780 litres available to you – the sedan offers up to 1,537 litres. Access to the storage area is accomplished via a power tailgate that can also be operated hands-free.

The new shape also sees some changes to the overall dimensions, with the SW measuring 4.78 metres long rather than 4.75 metres. It is also slightly taller at 1.42 metres (versus 1.4 metres) due to those roof bars fitted on top.

In terms of styling, the 508 SW shares the same aggressive front end as the sedan, featuring LED headlamps, vertical LED DRLs, chequered-style motif for the grille and the 508 badge just above the lion logo – as seen on the 504 from the 1970s.

Other familiar cues include frameless doors and 3D-effect LED taillights that share space with a gloss black trim piece sporting the lion logo. This layout is almost identical to that on the sedan, but the 508 SW’s rear end gets its own unique touches that make it equally if not more striking than the sedan. For instance, the steeply raked window meets up with discreet Peugeot lettering, while the dual exhaust pipes are separated to either ends of the faux diffuser (on the GT Line).

Inside, the 508 SW is said to offer rear passengers a more comfortable time inside, with an extra 4 cm of headroom and a seatback that tilts to 27 degrees. There’s also a panoramic sunroof and individual, LED touch-operated reading lights embedded in the roof panel.

Beyond that, the rest of the cabin is identical to the sedan, featuring the latest version of the Peugeot i-Cockpit. Items include a compact steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen in an 8:3 format, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. That last item offers a variety of display modes including support for the Night Vision system.

Other assistance systems include adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, lane keeping assist, Full Park Assist, cornering lamps, an adaptive rear light system, Active Safety Brake, high beam assist, speed limit recognition and a blind spot monitoring system.

The equipment list also contains premium materials for the upholstery and trim, AGR seats with massaging function, 10-speaker Focal sound system, Peugeot Connect connected services, wireless smartphone charger and i-Cockpit Amplify.

Engine options are identical to the sedan, with two PureTech 1.6L engines being offered – PureTech 180 and PureTech 225, both paired with an EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission. On the oil burning side of things, the range consists of BlueHDi 1.5L and 2.0L engines – BlueHDi 130, BlueHDi 130, BlueHDi 160 and BlueHDi 180. Aside from the base diesel engine that comes with a six-speed manual, the rest of the line-up come with the EAT8 gearbox.

GALLERY: Peugeot 508