The new Peugeot 508, which international press drive event is currently ongoing in Monte Carlo, has been confirmed for the Malaysian market. Official importer Nasim tells that the second-generation 508 is set to reach our shores in the second quarter of 2019.

Expect two turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engines, one with 180 hp/250 Nm and a range topper with 225 hp/300 Nm. These PureTech engines replace the Prince units of old, and are paired to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission by Aisin.

The 225 hp engine belongs to the 508 GT, which is the performance flagship of the range. It does 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h, while the PureTech 180 is good for 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and 230 km/h max.

The outgoing car was available with a diesel engine in Malaysia, but it’s not certain if the BlueHDi units of the new 508 will be launched here. Word is that this is because the new oil burners are Euro 6.c compliant, and may not be compatible with our local diesel. Nothing confirmed yet, though.

The new 508 sits on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which translates to weight savings (70 kg less on average) and better fuel efficiency, safety and performance, Peugeot says.

Unusually for a new car, it’s smaller than before – by being shorter (4.75m vs 4.83m, most of the cut came from the overhangs) and lower (just below 1.4m vs 1.46m), the big Peugeot has nice proportions, and it looks significantly more dynamic than before.

One big change is that the new 508 is technically a hatchback, with the rear screen going up together with the “boot” when opened. Billed a “fastback coupe saloon”, the Peugeot also comes with frameless doors. Both those cues are also found in the Audi A5 Sportback, which Peugeot references often in press materials.

Inside, the new 508 features the latest version of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, which consists of a compact steering wheel, a 10-inch capacitive touch-screen in 8:3 format, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel that Peugeot calls head-up display. The HUD has six different display modes and a new Night Vision system. The bold dashboard is a faithful reproduction of the Exalt Concept‘s cockpit.

I think the new 508 looks amazing, how about you?