Long wheelbase models appear to be the trend in China. From the Mercedes A-Class to the Toyota Yaris, there's probably a long wheelbase variant of it in China. That said, it seems as though Peugeot has done the same thing with the all-new 508. After making its debut earlier this year, the French automaker has now revealed a streched variant called the 508L specifically for the Chinese market.
Compared to the non-China model, the 508L now has a 2848mm long wheelbase, which is 55m longer than standard. Overall however, the 508L has been lenghtened by 100mm, measuring at 4856mm. While the numbers may seem small, it is enough to provide additional in legroom in the rear. Because of the stretch, it loses it's sporty coupe-like design and looks more like a traditional sedan. Peugeot also ditched the unique frameless doors for regular units inorder to have better headroom.
Inside, the interior bits and pieces have been simply carried over from the standard model, with no changes being made. In front of the driver is still the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster coupled with a 10-inch infotainment system to form Peugeot's i-Cockpit.
Under the hood, Peugeot announced that the 508L will be offered with a choice of gasoline, diesel or a plug-in hybrid engines. There were no specific details announced regarding the powertrain choices but expect it to be the same as the one offered in the European-spec models.
The 508L will be built in China at the Wuhan factory and is the first car in the range to get the IoT Ocean Connect platform. More so, Peugeot says that the car has been specially adapated to 'suit Chinese customers specific expectations of space, status, and technology'.
Sales of the Peugeot 508L begins in China in the first quarter of 2019.