Peugeot 408, a strange dish in the Vietnamese car industry

With a somewhat strange appearance when combining a sedan and a CUV, the Peugeot 408 can meet many practical factors for users, and at the same time, the performance is still somewhat “unique” even though it is still a car. There are some limitations.

For most people in the segment of around 1 billion for genuine new cars, there are quite a few options according to their needs from sports, luxury, and multi-purpose, but to combine those 3 factors, not many car models can match them. can meet the requirements, including Korean car models, which are known as the king of options.

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As can be seen in periodically published sales reports, viewers can identify the trend of users gradually shifting to high-riding car models and the market share of low-riding sedans shrinking. Therefore, car companies are also gradually considering bringing sedan models to the country because of the profit factor.

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At the present time, with the appearance of more Chinese car models that are somewhat “overpriced” or new car models of long-standing brands that still carry the mentality of being safe and durable, the Peugeot 408 is Launched at the end of October 2023, it is still considered a unique and delicious dish.

According to the company’s tradition, the prefix “408” is reserved for sedans, but this time Peugeot 408 has an SUV hybrid Coupe design, and more notably, the car has a ground clearance of up to 189 mm, a parameter that many CUV lines cannot necessarily achieve.

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In the shape of a car with many different subsystems, the Peugeot 408 is 4,687 long, 1,850 wide, 1,510 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,787 mm. These parameters are somewhat similar to C-size crossover models, which are quite popular with names like Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, etc.

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There is a rather favorable point for this unique French car because Peugeot 408 is the first car model in Vietnam to change its new brand identity, since officially joining the fourth largest automobile joint venture in the world. world called Stellantis.

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With the size of the car, the Peugeot 408 still ensures an ideal space for a Vietnamese family, however, according to the Coupe design, the roof will tend to slide backwards, which is also a disadvantage for those sitting. The back has a height of nearly 1m8 or more.

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Not only has the exterior been refreshed according to the new design, but even the interior has differences compared to its brothers Peugeot 5008 or 3008. Specifically, users are forced to spend time getting used to the function keys. Functions on the dashboard, gear lever operation because the layout is a bit different from the common one although still in i-Cockpit language.

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Despite many changes, the 408’s steering wheel still retains Peugeot’s characteristics with beveled bottoms and many function keys. During the experience, the user was somewhat confused with the operations of the ADAS features on the vehicle because the algorithm with two button clicks confirms that the user is actively using it.

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In terms of safety, besides the basic features, the ADAS package will include features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise, lane change and road centering assist, and automatic emergency braking assist. grant. Most notable is the sign recognition system that uses the vehicle’s onboard camera, reads traffic signs displayed on the road and displays warnings on the dashboard with a number display. Easier to observe and more reliable than third-party software that uses GPS positioning or internet data.

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Normally, car models under 1 billion are called sports cars, high performance but most of them “don’t come” due to many factors, luckily the Peugeot 408 is somewhat different. Previously, many Peugeot models were not highly appreciated for their performance because their engine capacity and output power were only sufficient, with little difference compared to other competitors.

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The Peugeot 408 is still a 1.6L turbocharged engine but has a capacity of up to 218 horsepower, 300 Nm, comes with an 8-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive system. This parameter is somewhat commensurate with the car’s angular, aggressive appearance, ready to have enough power to overtake other vehicles even at speeds beyond 100km/h.

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In addition, the use of a new chassis gives the Peugeot 408 an advantage in terms of sturdiness, especially the suspension system is adjusted to a moderate level that is not too stiff, creating shock when having to overcome speed bumps or potholes. . However, with the tuning trend focusing on speed, the car’s soundproofing ability is not really good when operating at high speed ranges.

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Despite its high performance and stable suspension, the steering wheel of the Peugeot 408 is somewhat flattering and not as stiff as many other German models. But combining many factors, the 408 still helps the driver feel confident when steering at relatively high speeds, without fear of the car being thrown away.

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Currently, Peugeot 408 is distributing 3 versions including Allure, Premium and GT with prices of 999 million VND, 1,099 billion VND and 1,249 billion VND, respectively. The difference between the 3 versions is mainly experiential equipment, there is no difference in operation. There is currently no car model in this price range that has a Coupe style and the Peugeot 408’s customer base is usually people who like sportiness and experience and do not want to clash with any other car models in the same segment.

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