Peugeot's new 508 estate
Sitting alongside the new Peugeot 508 in Irish dealerships early next year will be this, the SW estate version. Long, low and sleek, the SW is 4.7 metres long, but just 1.4 metres high. As with the saloon, the SW gets frameless door glass, as well as the full-LED lights and those distinctive half-moon LED running lights at the front.
Inside, there's a stylish cockpit that uses the small-wheel-high-instruments layout as seen in the 3008 and 5008, but with a rather classier-looking centre console. Digital instruments are standard, and the 508 SW will be available with wraparound massaging seats and a panoramic glass roof.
At the back, in spite of that low roofline and swoopy styling, the boot holds 530 litres and the rear seats can be folded flat by pulling a lever in the boot, opening up 1,780 litres of space.
On the tech front, you can have a ten-speaker stereo from Focal, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assistant and night vision.
It's around 70kg lighter, model-for-model than the outgoing 508 SW estate and buyers will be able to choose between two petrol models - a 180hp turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and a 225hp version of the same - and four diesels: a 1.5-litre BlueHDi with either 120hp or 130hp and a 2.0-litre engine with 160hp or 180hp, all with either manual or automatic gearboxes.
There's also a new 'freewheeling' function for the automatic petrol models, which operates at speeds of up to 130km/h and which Peugeot says can cut fuel consumption by as much as three per cent.
Irish sales will start in January of next year, and later in 2019 there will be a plug-in hybrid version, which Peugeot says will retain the car's roomy boot (thanks to packaging the batteries under the rear seats) and which will have an electric-only range of up to 50km.
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