2023 New Peugeot 408

Peugeot's 2023 408 coupe crossover is stylish. The new c-segment family car's closest conceptual rivals are the Renault Arkana and its own Citroen C5 X sister, but it will also compete with the Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus, demonstrating to customers that non-premium cars aren't dull.

2023 Peugeot 408

Peugeot hasn't revealed the 408's price when European and Chinese sales begin in early 2023. The entry-level PureTech 1.2 costs £28,000 or €32,000.

The 408 employs a modified EMP platform until Stellantis' new STLA Medium architecture is ready in 2024. The length and wheelbase make it the roomiest Peugeot ever, says the maker. The 408 and C5 X are both under 59-in (1,500-mm) tall, compared to 63-69-in (1,640-1,750-mm) SUVs.

It's not a rebadged C5 X. It features four doors and more ground clearance than a sedan. The Peugeot has a bolder look, redesigned rear door windows, and squared-off rear panels.

The base engine is a 1.2-liter PureTech triple with 128 hp, the same as the C5 X (130 PS). Peugeot doesn't say how fast the 408 is, although the Citroen with the identical powertrain takes 10.4 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h).

Both use a 1.6-liter PureTech four and an 81 kW (109 hp or 110 PS) electric motor to drive the front wheels through an eight-speed auto. The 408 Hybrid 225's gas motor makes 178 hp before the electric boost; the Hybrid 180 makes 148 hp (150 PS). 180 and 225 are the system's metric horsepower outputs (178 and 222 hp).

Depending on the model level and market, buyers can order massaging seats, Nappa leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, and a 690 W Focal hifi. Peugeot's safety kit includes adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go, 360-degree parking assistance, and night vision. A few months after its introduction, Drive Assist 2.0 adds semi-automatic lane-change functionality.