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Peugeot 408 first on sale in China

By luanpa in | February 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Peugeot 408 first on sale in China

Peugeot held the launch ceremony for Peugeot 408 at the Beijing international exhibition center in January 25, The Peugeot 408 is actually a C-segment notchback sedan based on the C-segment Peugeot 308 platform.

According  to the official,  The Peugeot 408 is the first mid size sedan from Peugeot since the Peugeot 504, which was built in a disastrous partnership with Guangzhou automobile at the turn of the century. The measures 4,680mm long, 1,800mm long and 1,500mm wide, It has a wheelbase of 2,710mm which trumps the Civic’s throne as the longest wheelbase C-segment vehicle available right now (well not exactly – the Fluence wheelbase is said to be 2,702mm). It approaches CD-segment territory with that wheelbase length (the Pug 407’s wheelbase is 2,725mm)! This should mean pretty good interior room in theory.

The Chinese built 408 will be coming with of 1.6 and 2.0L engines. The 1.6 liter engine’s 110 horses is reached at 5,750rpm while peak torque of 147Nm is reached at 4,000rpm with 85% reached from just 2,000rpm. and 95% (140Nm) between 3,000rpm and 5,500rpm. That’s a good and wide torque spread. The 2.0 liter unit is equipped with continuously variable valve timing. It produces its peak power at 6,000rpm with peak torque of 200Nm reached at 4,000rpm.

The transmission options are either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, which is the new AT8 Porsche Tiptronic system model. Not the same one as found in the 206 or the 308, which is the AL4. The AT8 uses a torque converter by ZF which improves gearbox output and reduces consumption by about 5%. The gearbox management can also lock the three higher gears to reduce torque converter slip during gentle driving. From my sources, these are not the only engine options available for the 408 so if it comes to Malaysia at all, there is still a question mark there. It would be nice if the same Prince engines in the 308 are offered.

Peugeot 408

Peugeot 408



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