The 2011 Peugeot 508 will go on sale in Australia on July 15, exactly two weeks after its local debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.

Peugeot Australia has confirmed the all-new mid-sized Peugeot 508 will be available in sedan and Touring wagon body styles. A range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be on offer, and the performance-oriented 508 GT sedan will sit at the top of the range.

The Peugeot 508 GT is powered by a 2.2-litre HDi turbo-diesel engine with 150kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

A 2.0-litre diesel with 120kW and 340Nm will be available in lower-spec models.

About two months after launch in September, Peugeot Australia will introduce the 1.6-litre e-HDi with start-stop technology. Producing 82kW of power and 285Nm of torque, Peugeot says local customers can expect combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions “in the region of 4.4 litres/100km and 114g/km”.

There is likely to be just one petrol option in Australia, the turbocharged 1.6-litre from the 308 and RCZ, which produces 115kW of power and 240Nm of torque.

Peugeot Australia general manager Ken Thomas said the 2011 Peugeot 508 would command attention from people in the market for a no-compromises medium/large car.

“Not only will the 508 be priced very competitively against its traditional European rivals – with all the luxury and refinement expected in its class – but it will bring a host of smart technologies that quite literally elevate the art of car making to a whole new level,” Mr Thomas said.

With that in mind, expect the Peugeot 508 to start just north of $40,000 and peak around $60,000, to mirror the new Volkswagen Passat line-up, and most likely undercut the pricier Citroen C5.

A range of features offered overseas are expected to be available in Australia, including satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Nappa leather trim, Xenon directional headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and push-button start, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and quad-zone climate control.

Stay tuned for the full pricing and specification details of the 2011 Peugeot 508, which will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch next month.

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