A new Peugeot 508 saloon will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will go on sale in September 2018.

The radical new exterior design is sharper and sleeker, while the car’s interior includes an evolution of the Peugeot i-Cockpit.

Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot CEO, said: “Following the success of our latest major launches and our SUV offensive with the Peugeot 2008, 3008 and 5008, we needed a vision for the large Peugeot saloon that would continue to shake up the market with a vehicle that rivals the best. And in D-segment cars, we’re competing with the world’s greatest automakers. More than ever, the new Peugeot 508 embodies the ambition we’ve been stating for several years already: to make Peugeot the top high-end generalist automotive brand.”

At this stage we are told that there is up to 32 litres of storage space spread out around the passenger cabin, as well as a 487 litre boot.

The new Peugeot 508 will use the EMP2 platform, with an average 70kg weight reduction compared to the previous generation, improving fuel efficiency and performance.

Features will include Night-vision, a first for the segment, collision-risk alert and the latest-generation automatic emergency braking that detects pedestrians and cyclists both day and night at up to 140 km/h, active lane departure warning system (or verge-drift warning), driver-attention warning, automatic headlight control, speed limit recognition and recommendation, widened recognition of road signs (stop sign, one-way sign), adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go feature, lane-keeping assist (related to Stop & Go adaptive cruise control), and active blind-spot monitoring.

Engines include new-generation Euro 6.c PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines with CO2 emission levels from 98g/km in the diesel range and 123g/km in the petrol range.

Two new petrol options will be introduced with the Peugeot 508: a 1.6-litre PureTech 180 S&S EAT8 automatic and a PureTech 225 S&S EAT8 (GT version only) automatic.

Four diesel options are available: a 1.5 litre BlueHDi 130 S&S 6-speed manual, a 1.5 litre BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 automatic, a 2.0 litre BlueHDi 160 S&S EAT8 automatic and a 2.0 litre BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT8 automatic.

With the exception of the 1.5 litre BlueHDi 130 S&S 6-speed manual, all of the units will be mated to the new Peugeot eight-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox.

A Peugeot 508 plug-in hybrid petrol will be available from autumn 2019.