FRENCH flair is to the fore again with Peugeot showing its all-new 508 just before next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The medium-sized sedan is long and low with a sleek profile and sophisticated, sporty look.

It’s 80mm shorter and 60mm lower than before, and under the sexy body and mounted on the new light EMP2 platform are new suspension systems fore and aft, a variety of 1.6 petrol and 2.0-litre turbo diesel motors and 8-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

The interior is chic minimalist with a 12.3-inch i-Cockpit display in front of the driver and a 10-inch central touchscreen.

All models will have the entire alphabet of electrical safety and driver assistance features, including automated emergency braking up to 140km/h, plus class-leading night vision assistance.

The Peugeot 508 is due to go on sale in Europe late this year, with Australia getting it very soon after.

Models and specifications for the local market will be announced closer to arrival date.

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.