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Future Cars: Peugeot Brings Back Sexiness With New 508 Sedan 18
Nov
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, PEUGEOT, peugeot 508, Peugeot Scoops, Scoops on 11 18th, 2017


French carmaker Peugeot has certainly given us some drastic variance in cars over the years; cue fantastic sporting GTi and World Rally cars and then truly mediocre offerings like the 307 hatch and 407 sedan.

Whilst the current 508 mid-size saloon isn’t bad, the market for mainstream European sedans is waning amongst a sea of opposition from SUVs and crossovers and the move to more prestige brands, like BMW and Audi.

Peugeot thinks this tide can be reversed by offering a new generation 508 in a much more alluring suite. So let’s take an illustrated sneak peek.

Sleek French Styling

To engage a much more youthful audience, the French manufacturer has adopted a coupe-like, four door silhouette. Looks familiar, you say? That’s because the new 508 is largely inspired by Peugeot’s 2014 Exalt Concept, hence that sleek, frameless-window side profile, with scalloped upper door panels and heavily-raked rear.

Frontal styling is aggressive too, with intersecting quad headlamps, larger lower intake and powerful front grille. At the rear, full-width tail lamps incorporate vertical LED brake elements – not too dissimilar to the Ford Mustang’s rear lighting setup.

Avante Garde Cabin

If you think the exterior looks good, the interior will impress even more. Drastic improvements over the current 508 show a much more futuristic interior, not too dissimilar to that of the 5008 crossover.

It also shares the latter’s i-Cockpit arrangement that includes a large, crisp infotainment display and digital instrument cluster. Practicality should improve with the shift to a lift-back body style, like that of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Buick Regal/Holden Commodore.

Under The Skin

Based on the flexible EMP2 platform, the new 508 will be lighter, stiffer and more crash-resistant compared to the ageing current model.

Powertrains are expected to be shared with the 5008, including a petrol 1.6-litre, turbocharged four, plus 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels in varying states of tune. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a new automatic transmission, and it’s possible the 5008’s Advanced Grip Control (which has normal, snow, sand, mud modes) will make an appearance. Hybrid versions of the gasoline units will also be on offer, while an all-electric model could be added later in the car’s lifecycle.

Tough Competition In An Shrinking Segment

If fighting the tide of SUV’s is hard enough, the 508 will battle with offerings that are competing for the same shrinking market share. Those competitors like the Ford Mondeo (Fusion), Opel Insignia, Mazda6, VW Passat and Skoda Superb won’t make life easy for the Pug.

The sleek new 508 will debut in 2018 with sales starting later that year in Europe and possibly Asia-Pacific.

Tell us what you think of the all-new 508 in the comments below and should PSA consider bringing it stateside?

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2020 Porsche Mission E Takes Game Right Into Tesla’s Face 21
Oct
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, Future Cars, porsche, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 10 21st, 2017


Would you believe Porsche’s stunning Mission E concept debuted all the way back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show? Time flies doesn’t it.
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Future Cars: BMW i5 Is i Vision Dynamics Concept Turned Into Electric Reality 14
Oct
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW i, BMW i5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, featured, Future Cars on 10 14th, 2017


In recent years, the electric car has become quite the darling of mainstream press, environmental groups and those addicted to instant monstrous torque.
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Future Cars: BMW i5 Is i Vision Dynamics Concept Turned Into Electric Reality 14
Oct
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW i, BMW i5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, featured, Future Cars on 10 14th, 2017


In recent years, the electric car has become quite the darling of mainstream press, environmental groups and those addicted to instant monstrous torque.
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Future Cars: 2019 Lexus ES Kicks Its GS Sibling To The Curb 23
Sep
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus Scoops, Scoops on 09 23rd, 2017


There is change on the horizon for the Lexus range. Buyers are flocking to SUV’s and two of their mid-size luxury saloons are fighting against each other in the showroom. Unfortunately for RWD fans, the sportier GS is getting trounced in sales by the front wheel drive ES.
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Future Cars: 2019 Toyota Avalon Tries To Lure Back Large Sedan Buyers 5
Aug
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Scoops on 08 5th, 2017


When it comes to largish, mainstream sedans, Toyota’s Avalon isn't exactly the most desirable choice out there. The current car is somewhat of a wallflower in a segment that's not seeing much in the way of consumer foot traffic.
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Future Cars: 2018 Volvo XC40 Compact SUV is One Sweet Swede 1
Jul
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, Scoops, VOLVO, Volvo Scoops on 07 1st, 2017


It's hard to argue with Volvo's progress into luxury territory in recent times, as the brand has gone from strength to strength with its latest models like S90, XC60 and XC90.
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Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful 3
Jun
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Scoops on 06 3rd, 2017


The generic mid-size sedan is not exactly the stuff of bedroom posters, but they’ve been a hit with buyers for decades. Times are changing though, with consumer preferences shifting towards SUV’s and the battleground for the typical sedan is looking a little shaky.
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Future Cars: Rolls Royce Has A New 2019 Phantom Coming Next Year 20
May
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Rolls Royce Phantom, Rolls Royce Scoops, Rolls-Royce on 05 20th, 2017


Automotive luxury can be rather subjective. For some, a Hyundai Sonata with leather seating can be pretty tasty, whilst others will aspire to the likes of BMW’s 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz’ S-Class.
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Future Cars: Subaru’s 2018 Ascent Into 3-Row SUV Territory 29
Apr
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, Scoops, Subaru, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Scoops on 04 29th, 2017


Remember the original Subaru Tribeca SUV? Gosh, it was an odd-looking thing with front-end styling that resembled a flying urinal on wheels. It was a design miss-step from a largely conservative company.
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Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic 8
Apr
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Focus, Ford, Ford Scoops, Future Cars, Scoops on 04 8th, 2017


Ford’s original Focus was a breath of fresh air when launched upon the motoring world back in 1998. As a replacement for the Escort, its radical styling and fantastic handling was a big middle finger to the small car main-players of the late 1990’s.
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Future Cars: 2018 Nissan Leaf Keeps Things Familiar 25
Mar
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 25th, 2017


Nissan’s Leaf was a breath of fresh air when launched back in 2010; a modern-looking, compact hatch that helped bring electric motoring within reach of the average consumer. Yet despite strong sales, the competition has stepped up its game with more recent EV entries like Chevrolet’s Bolt.

Not to be left behind, the Japanese manufacturer has been hard at work developing the next generation version. What will it look like and what can we expect? Well let’s delve further:

IDS Concept-Inspired Styling

In 2015, Nissan revealed the IDS autonomous EV concept, which was said to be a strong pointer for the next Leaf. Fast forward to today, and whilst elements of the show car will make into production, the overall look is worlds apart.

Instead, the new EV will be a visual crossbreed between the latest Micra supermini and out-going Leaf. Frontal styling will be headlined by a mono-tooth, V-Motion grille, chiseled lower bumper and wedge-shaped headlamps.

The view from the side will be fairly conventional; tall and stubby proportions, floating roof and a blacked-out C-Pillar up-kink (not too different to the Chevy Bolt) are the go here. Out back, the hatch will be dominated by horizontal thin-wedge tail lamps and a subtle rear diffuser.

Under The Skin

Perhaps the biggest nuisance with the current Leaf is the limited range. At 107 miles, it lags behind Chevrolet’s Bolt (238 miles), the upcoming Tesla Model 3 (at least 215 miles), Hyundai Ioniq EV (124 miles) and BMW’s quirky i3 (114 miles). 
It’s believed that Nissan will remedy this by offering both 40 kWh and 60-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery packs, with the latter providing range well past the 200 mile mark. This should see an increase in performance too, perhaps with the 0-60 sprint nudging into the 7-second bracket for the larger battery version.

Self-Driving Capabilities

At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan revealed the next-generation Leaf would be equipped with its own ProPilot autonomous driving technology.

This will allow the new Leaf to be operated in self-drive mode, on single lane highway environments. Further updates over time, will extend capabilities to include multi-lane self-driving and a Seamless Autonomous Mobility command centre – for self-drive vehicles caught up in problematic situations.

On The Street

Look for a world premiere of the 2018 Leaf this fall, with pricing, features and specs to be announced at that time. Deliveries are tipped to start before Christmas.

Finally, what do you think – has Nissan done enough to lure more mainstream buyers into the electric car fold? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Will Be An Exercise On Elegance 26
Feb
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Scoops on 02 26th, 2017


When launched in 2004, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was a breath of fresh air within the four-door luxury sedan class. In fact, Stuttgart coined a new term for the car, calling it a four-door coupe, with many other automakers following suite, including BMW which created the 6-Series Gran Coupe as a direct competitor to the CLS.
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Future Cars: Streamlining Ford’s 2019 Transit Full-Sized Van 18
Feb
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Ford, Ford Scoops, Ford Transit, Future Cars on 02 18th, 2017


Becoming a car designer for a major automaker is one of those defining moments in a product-developer’s career. If you’re lucky enough, your creative freedom can make it onto some the most iconic, stylistic and exciting model lines to ever exist.
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Future Cars: 2018 Hyundai Veloster Keeping It Asymmetrical, Will Get ‘N’ Performance Model 28
Jan
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, Hyundai, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Veloster, Scoops on 01 28th, 2017


Hyundai’s ageing Veloster is one of those cars that you either love or hate. Quirky, odd, lop-sided or even edgy, whatever you think about it, there is no denying it’s different.
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