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Peugeot's 'freewheeling' 508 estate will launch in early 2019

Its sister car, the 508 Saloon, will hit showrooms later this year.

THE NEW 508 Saloon is heading to Irish showrooms soon and joining it early next year will be an SW estate version.

The Peugeot 508 SW is 4.7 metres long, but just 1.4 metres high, giving it a lovely slinky look. As with the saloon, the SW gets frameless doors, a unique estate car feature for a mainstream carmaker, full LED headlights and Peugeot’s distinctive vertical LED daytime running lights.

The cabin features Peugeot’s I-Cockpit as seen in the 3008 and 5008, digital instruments as standard and the 508 SW will be available with wraparound massaging seats and a panoramic glass roof.

Source: Peugeot

The boot holds a useful 530 litres which can swell to 1,780 litres of space with the rear seats tumbled. The boot can also be had with a hands-free, powered tailgate.

New safety features for the range include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Keeping Assist and a Night Vision system that utilises an infra-red camera to detect living beings in front of the vehicle at night time or in low-visibility conditions to maximise safety.

Source: Peugeot

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.

Source: Peugeot

Irish sales start in January 2019 and later next year there will also be a plug-in hybrid version, which Peugeot says will have an electric-only range of up to 50km.

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