Peugeot 508 RXH Confirmed For 2012 Launch

Peugeot 508 RXH confirmed for 2012 launch

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A new 4x4 Peugeot 508 moved a step closer to UK dealerships after the first images of the new Peugeot 508 RXH were released today.

The Peugeot 508 RXH may use the 508 name, but it looks distinctly different to the 508 estate it is loosely based on.

At the front, the traditional headlamps give way to new LED running lights designed in the shape of lion's claws, while a new two-part grille and panoramic sunroof are new to the 508.

Down the sides, the wheel arches are more pronounced thanks to grey trim, while the car is raised up and wider than the standard 508.

This is because of the four-wheel drive ability of the RXH. However, the most drastic change comes underneath the bonnet.

The Peugeot 508 RXH borrows the HYbrid4 technology used in the new Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 crossover. Hybrid4 consists of a small 2.0-litre diesel engine matched to an electric motor.

The diesel-hybrid system is the first to be used in the UK and despite delivering 200bhp, CO2 emissions are as low as 109g/km (Band B) and fuel economy is nearing 70mpg.

This represents class-leading green credentials in the new Peugeot, which has been designed as a more premium car in the style of the Citroen DS4 or higher Ford Focus trim levels such as Titanium X models.

Inside, Peugeot has added half leather upholstery, massaging driver seat, quad-zone air conditioning and a host of technology including a colour head up screen, satellite navigation and Peugeot's SOS system allowing the driver to call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

This more premium specification is expected to result in a higher price than the standard Peugeot 508 SW, which starts from £19,500.

Full prices and specifications of the Peugeot 508 RXH will be announced closer to the UK launch date in spring 2012.