Peugeot has released details on the highly-anticipated third-generation Peugeot 308. It promises to be big on style and efficiency with two plug-in hybrids available from its launch.
The new Peugeot 308 has striking but not surprising looks taking styling cues and design language from the recently facelifted Peugeot 3008.
The swooping bonnet creates a lower looking nose than the previous generation model. Beneath it sits a new large grille, while slim headlights are integrated into the edges of the grille alongside Peugeot’s classic fang-like LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the sculpted shoulders flow from the top of the headlights to the taillights with two prominent creases above the front and rear wheels.
A sporty rear spoiler on the boot door creates a sporty dynamic, while the tailgate is headlined by the distinctive Peugeot three-claw style lighting signature.
Adding to its distinctive looks, the new 308 will be the first Peugeot to feature the new look black and white badge. This forms part of Peugeot’s plan to reposition itself as one of the more aspirational brands in the new Stellantis group.
Same platform different dimensions
The new Peugeot 308 is built on the same platform as its predecessor, but the latest version of the EMP2 architecture. It is 11mm longer than the outgoing model at 4,360mm and sits 20mm lower. However, it’s the 55mm growth of the wheelbase that makes a big difference to the new 308. It ensures that despite the rakish looks, rear space is actually improved.
For instance, the whopping 412-litre boot capacity puts the new 308 at the top of the tree when it comes to practical family hatchbacks.
Drive your way
Proving its commitment to alternative fuel sources, the new Peugeot 308 will be available will electrified powertrains for the first time, with two plug-in hybrid models available from launch. However, Peugeot will continue to offer two conventional petrol engines and even a diesel option in the new 308 for wider appeal.
When it comes to petrol power, you can choose from a PureTech 110 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 108bhp or a PureTech 130 unit with 128bhp from the same 1.2-litre engine. The lowered powered model comes with a six-speed manual as standard, while the higher-powered engine offers an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Peugeot also plans to continue to offer the new 308 with its Blue HDi 130 turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 128bhp with a six-speed manual gearbox, an option that is likely to be popular with high-mileage drivers.
Plug-In and power up
For those looking to make the switch to greener motoring, at launch, the new Peugeot 308 will be available with the choice of two plug-in hybrid options.
The Hybrid 180 model combines a 148bhp PureTech petrol engine with a 109bhp electric motor and a 12.4kWh battery. Peugeot claims it is capable of 37-miles of pure electric motoring and offers CO2 emissions as low as 25g/km.
The slightly higher-powered Hybrid 225 model combines a 178bhp petrol engine with the same electric motor and battery for a combined output of 222bhp. It will also enable around 37 miles of pure-electric driving, although CO2 emissions are a smidge higher at 26g/km.
Both hybrid models will be compatible with a range of charging devices to allow you to boost your battery conveniently.
Using a standard household plug, the battery can be replenished in just over seven hours, making it convenient for an overnight boost.
However, with a standard 3.7kW, it takes three hours and 50 minutes to charge and with the optional on-board 7.4kW charger plugged into a wallbox charger , it takes just one hour and 50 minutes.
Plus, to enable you to make the most of every bit of energy, the new Peugeot 308 features thermal pre-conditioning, which you can access through the MyPeugeot Smartphone App or the car’s touchscreen.
There have been huge changes to the interior of the new model, to support its more premium aspirations. As such the new 308 offers a leap forward in infotainment and driver assistance technology.
The dashboard integrates some of Peugeot’s latest infotainment and display technology into a completely new design. The sharp ten-inch touchscreen display controls most of the enhanced in-car technology. It also features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
You can choose from a basic i-connect version or an i-connect plus model, which also features widescreen navigation from TomTom.
The new graphical interface is customisable and uses a widget-based organisation system like a smartphone or tablet. While beneath these come freely configurable touch-sensitive controls called i-Toggles. Each i-Toggle has a shortcut to a function, like the climate control or the radio, to enhance usability on the move.
To improve on-board comfort, a new cabin air filtration system helps keep polluting gasses and particles out with air quality displayed on the infotainment system.
Luxury features include the availability of Nappa leather upholstery and massaging seats, ensure it can compete with more premium brands.
Despite vast changes, the cabin does retain the classic Peugeot i-Cockpit design, which features a small steering wheel and instrument layout designed to ensure the driver at the fore of all the car’s functions.
Safer and more intuitive
Peugeot Drive-Assist 2.0 makes its debut on the brand new Peugeot 308 and offers the latest development of the form’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance technology.
In previous models, the Drive Assist relied on stop-and-go cruise control and lane-keep assist. However, the new 308 automatically adapts the speed of the car around curves and can operate up to speeds of 112mph. However, the adaptive cruise with full stop-and-go function is only available on models with an automatic transmission.
The new Drive-Assist also comes with a long-range blind-spot monitoring function, rear-cross traffic alert and reversing camera with 180-degree. Although a 360-degree camera is available as an option.
In addition, you get the benefit of automatic high-beam, traffic sign recognition and an electronic parking brake.
Discover your Peugeot 308
The Peugeot 308 is expected to arrive later this year, and UK orders to begin in October or November. So if you are keen to find out more, now is the time to get in touch with your local Stoneacre Peugeot showroom and register your interest.
By doing so, you will be one of the very first to hear when the car arrives in our showrooms and is available for you to test-drive. So what are you waiting for?