The stylish new Peugeot SW has been revealed to rival the Skoda Superb Estate, while a hybrid model is set to arrive in 2019
The latest estate gets the same squat stance as the 508 Fastback saloon, and is almost identical from the nose to the B-pillar. Beyond that, the body has been extended while the new 508 SW sits 60mm lower than its predecessor.
Estate buyers are often interested in just one thing: the boot. At 530 litres, the SW`s load area is 30 litres smaller than before and 130 litres down on the class-leading Skoda Superb`s. It`s a sacrifice Peugeot has decided to make for the sleeker exterior design.
However, the `Magic Flat` seats fold flush at the flick of a switch, and create 1,780 litres of space - the same as in the Volkswagen Passat Estate. In addition, top-spec cars get aluminium boot rails and luggage nets to secure loose items.
Inside the SW features Peugeot`s i-Cockpit digital dashboard, small steering wheel and raised dials, with a raised centre console and `wraparound` seats. Five massage functions are available, as well as leather and Alcantara trim.
Two petrol engines and three diesels will be offered: a 1.6 PureTech petrol with 178bhp or 222bhp, plus 1.5 and 2.0 BlueHDi diesels from 127bhp to 178bhp. The entry-level diesel gets a six-speed manual, while the rest of the range comes with an eight-speed auto. A plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 32 miles will arrive late next year.
The 508 SW is also packed with safety kit, including adaptive cruise control, lane and park assist and a driver alert feature, while night-vision technology is a first for this sector.