What happened here? While nobody was looking, the French apparently started getting their act together and now they make some pretty amazing cars again. wheels just recently drove the new Renault Sport Megane, and that was pretty special, in that rational Golf vein… We also tried the Peugeot 5008 SUV, and that was a neat thing too.

Now suddenly, just days before the Geneva motor show then it’s due for its public premiere, Peugeot’s revealed the all-new 508 saloon and you could reasonably expect it to single-handedly save saloons from the genocidal crossover.

You might remember General Motors recently dropping Opel, after the Americans weren’t able to make the German brand work during about 80 years of ownership, while they churned out socialist cars by the boatload.

 

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Well Peugeot picked up the scraps. By which we mean Peugeot bought Opel from GM, and immediately got to it - the pretty striking 508 you see here will also form the basis of the next Opel Insignia, so right now the signs are all right.

Meanwhile the Peugeot will take the fight to Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and the rest plying their trade in the mid-size saloon segment, since the 508 goes up directly against stuff such as the Passat, Accord, Camry, Sonata, and all that.

You can reasonably argue that none of them in the D-segment look as nice as the French car though. When it goes on sale, it’ll reach roads packed to the hilt in order to stay competitive with loaded Koreans (and increasingly, the Chinese), so you’’ get up to a 10in touchscreen and a 12.3in head-up display panel, and even night vision as part of the Peugeot 508’s suite of safety systems.

 

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As far as performance is concerned, the French are keeping quiet before the Geneva show reveal, but expect four-cylinder turbocharged engines to rule the range, with a 1.6-litre serving up to 220 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and driving the front wheels. So while it might not have the size, but it certainly has the substance.

Look out for the all-new Peugeot 508to arrive in our region by the end of the year.

 

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