The Peugeot 508 hasn't been spotted on our roads for a long time with the last version being the 1st generation of the French D-segment saloon. But with its rumoured return alongside the introduction of the Landtrek pick-up and 2008 crossover, things are looking up.
This 508 in white seems to be very similar, if not identical, to the car that was spotted in Balik Pulau, Penang some time ago. It looks to be wearing 18-inch wheels, too, leading us to believe this is one of the higher-end variants. Perhaps a GT-Line.
Despite its classification as a contender against the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, and Toyota Camry, the 508's low slung profile almost makes the white Honda City next to it look - uh - 'larger' than usual.
Meanwhile, the sign board ahead of the junction here indicates this location as being somewhere in Kedah, between Yan and Gurun, the latter of which is where we're used to having Peugeots rollout from.
Though, in this case, it's possible that local assembly for the car will soon shift to Bermaz's facility in Kulim instead, which is about 80km away.
Consistent with rumours on its local specification, this all-new 508 is likely to be powered by Peugeot's 1.6-litre Puretech turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 182PS and 250Nm and mated to an 8-speed automatic sourced from Aisin. It's highly unlikely that a diesel option will be offered here this time around.
With their partnership with Naza coming to an end and with BAASB now in the seat of Peugeot's distributorship for Malaysia, we're itching to see what this shift would mean for the brand's local presence.
Over the past few years, the selection of new Peugeot vehicles in showrooms has whittled to just the 3008 and larger 5008 SUVs with the majority of the enviable global range never making it to our shores.
What's more, as PSA, the French marque's parent company has now formed the 4th largest automaker in the world following their confirmed merger with FCA, we can expect even more cars to emerge. Exciting times ahead.