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Convention-smashing Peugeot set for NZ release — Motoringnz

“They have in common that they are open-minded and don’t buy a car just for functionality.”

The ‘different from the rest’ proposal may be more about the car as a whole than about the design.

The signals from the current Peugeots in the New Zealand market continue, mainly those canine-like LED daytime running lights and the whole thing is familiar, albeit on a larger scale.

Overall, though, it’s more modern and adds extra boldness. The hood dives to the ‘408’ script on the front; the new style of the radiator grille; that signature line that runs from the headlights back to the wheel arches… these are details that will grab everyone’s attention.

The model in the promo images is the flagship GT, which gets the flat new Peugeot emblem on the leading edge of the front doors. It also has an intriguing 20-inch alloy wheel design plus black plastic wheel arch rims for crossover appeal.

The back is just as interesting as the front. The sharp-edged roof spoiler is split into two parts, which Peugeot calls ‘cat ears’, and there’s a new take on those claw-like LED taillights.

The cabin features the latest version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, featuring a small steering wheel with the digital instruments above the edge of the steering wheel. In the center, below the 10-inch touchscreen, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is a set of ‘i-toggle’ touch-sensitive shortcuts that can be configured by the driver.

The big hook is the interior space. The 408 sits on the same EMP2 modular platform as the 308, but at 4690mm long and 1480mm high, it’s 440mm longer and almost 40mm higher than that car.

Peugeot claims the 408’s rear accommodation is more spacious than any other car it makes. The backrests are divided 60:40 and have a ski hatch. By tumbling them forward, the boot space increases from 536 liters to a maximum of 1611 liters. The tailgate opens automatically and the parcel shelf is integrated into it.

Convention-smashing Peugeot set for NZ release — Motoringnz

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