SUBANG: Nasim Sdn Bhd, the local distributor of the Peugeot brand of vehicles, aims to sell up to 200 units of the expanded 508 model.
Peugeot Malaysia sold 5,400 units of all models last year and expects sales of 9,300 units this year.
Nasim, a member of the Naza group, introduced four new variants of the Peugeot 508, namely the diesel-powered 508 GT and 508 SW GT, 508 SW and 508 Standard.
The variants joined the 508 sedan now named 508 Premium which was introduced to the Malaysian market in October 2011.
Both the 508 GT and 508 SW GT are the first diesel-powered Peugeots sold by Nasim since its appointment as the official distributor for the French marquee in 2008.
The 508 SW and 508 Standards are petrol-powered.
Nasim chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George said the launch is a milestone for both Nasim and Peugeot in Malaysia as this is its maiden entry into the diesel segment which offers consumers more torque but lower fuel consumption.
Both the 508 GT and 508 SW GT are powered by a four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel engine which is a newly developed engine by Peugeot.
The engine features sophisticated technology such as lightweight titanium turbocharger impeller, optimisation of friction, piezo-electric injectors with eight apertures and optimised combustion chambers to deliver superior performance.
Both variants are fitted with a six-speed auto adaptive gearbox with paddle shifters, Tiptronic functionality and sports mode.
To enhance the road-holding and drivability of the 508 GT and 508 SW GT, both variants feature a double wishbone suspension system with drop-link hub carrier and anti-roll bar at the front.
Fuel consumption on the 508 GT is 5.7-litres per 100 km on a mixed cycle while the 508 SW GT achieves a consumption of 5.9-litres per 100 km.
Other premium features include an intelligent keyless entry with push-start ignition, automatic quad-zone air-conditioning, 8-way electric front seats with massage and memory functionality for the driver's seat, a 10-speaker hi-fi system with a 500 watt surround sound amplifier with Arkamys audio processing, colour head-up display and 5-dial instrument panel with colour liquid crystal display.
The 508 standard is priced at RM155,888 on the road with insurance, 508 premium (RM169,888), 508 SW (RM179,888), 508 GT (RM199,888) and 508 SW GT (RM209,888).