Peugeot 408 getting ready for Australia image

The French based automaker Peugeot is getting ready to introduce the 408 in Australia, over the following weeks.

Aussies have started spotting the new Peugeot 408 on their local streets and it seems that the model will be officially launched in the Pacific country over the following weeks. The announcement has been made by Bill Gillespie, the Peugeot Automobiles Australia general manager, in a quick chat with the guys from Car Advice. The new Peugeot 408 is actually a stretched sedan version of the current 308 hatchback which has been develop for emerging markets.

The Australian version of the Peugeot 408 will be produced in Malaysia and it will be equipped with a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine, producing a total output of 122 kW and 240 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder unit is also considered, with 108 kW and 200 Nm of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic. The Peugeot 408 is believed to become more expensive than the 308 hatchback, which is currently available for order from 22,990 AUD. Additional details on the Peugeot 408 are limited for the moment and will be announced close to its launch in Australia.