The 508 RXH Crossover SUV was introduced by Peugeot at the 2010 Motor Show in Paris, as yet another example of the French car maker's increasing cooperation with sister company, Citroen. It is not by coincidence that the Peugeot 508 Sport Wagon, brought in as a replacement to the 407 Sports Wagon that is gradually being phased out, bears a very striking resemblance to Citreon's Series Two C5 RXH Crossover SUV. Both of these vehicles are produced on the same production line in France as well as at Citroen-Peugeot's huge new plant in China.
The four door, five seater Peugeot 508 RXH Crossover SUV once again bears the stamp of the new look Peugeot with its oversized bi-xenon headlights dominating it's front, against a backdrop of LED based day-time running lights and a matt black grille. The rear of the RXH Crossover SUV is marked by an exceptional design cluster of LED tail lights. The side view of the car is no less distinctive with a sloping refined profile, with beautifully contoured glass windows outlined by brushed chrome. The dramatic image of the 508 RXH Crossover SUV can be topped off by a larger than life glass roof, optional in most versions, whose panorama provides its occupants with sheets of natural light.
The Peugeot 508 RXH Crossover SUV draws its power from a choice of four petrol driven engines. The starting level engine is a 1.6 liter HDI generating 112 horsepower paired with a five speed manual transmission. The next petrol driven engine on the line is a 2.0 liter 140 horsepower paired with a six speed manual transmission.
There are also three diesel engined HDi direct injection technology configurations available for the 508 RXH Crossover SUV, beginning with a 1.6 liter 91 horsepower, trailing a 2.0 liter 161 horsepower as well as a 2.2 liter 195 horsepower diesel engine. All of the 508 SW diesel engines come with six speed manual transmission as standard.
Standard suspension on the 508 Sedan is provided by Macpherson double wishbone on the front backed up by Multi-arm helical springed rear suspension in the rear with multi valve dampers added for increased directional stability.
The Peugeot 508's low body line makes it look longer and wider than its 170 inches by 70 inches sitting just 51 inches high, while offering more than enough leg and head room for its three back seat passengers. The 508 RXH Crossover's rear seats will fold away automatically and with remarkable ease making the SUV not just capable of carrying five adults in total comfort but a more than able cargo carrier. With the back seats in place, the 508 RXH Crossover SUV will fit in around 45.5 cubic feet of baggage. However with the back seats folded down that space almost triples to 121 cubes.
Peugeot's 508 RXH Crossover SUV ideally combines the comfort of a family saloon with the flexibility of a cargo carrier, with luggage space far superior to most of its rivals. Driver and passenger comfort have been well taken care of and standard fittings are both generous and of a very high level.