OUTSIDE IT MAKES NOTICE – Eight years after its launch, the Peugeot 308 it has renewed itself from top to bottom. Always based on the EMP2 modular platform, but in the desired version, the French average has grown in size: it is now 436 cm long, 11 cm more than the previous one and 185 cm wide, 5 cm more than before. Instead, the height drops, 144 cm against 146 cm, to the benefit of the style. The design itself represents one of the most radical changes of the car: in addition to bringing the new Peugeot logo to its debut, the 308 inherits from the more recent 208 and 508, the original front with “fang” daytime running lights, an imposing grille and taut lines that run along the entire body. Behind the lights – also led – are integrated into a contrasting black element that runs seamlessly from left to right of the tailgate; black color also used for the lower part of the bumper in the sportier GT-Line version.
MORE SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY – The increase in length, but above all in the step – 5.5 cm more than before – is appreciated once seated on the sofa of the new Peugeot 308: the space for the legs and feet is good, and despite the 2 cm less height, the comfort for the head is more than enough even for people up to 185 cm in height. On the other hand, there are few innovations for the load compartment: 412 liters are available with the sofa in use, while with the backrests folded down, it rises to 1,323 liters, 50 more than before. But the great steps forward in the cockpit of the new Peugeot 308 they are all found in the front area: the dashboard, also in this case inspired by the 508, maintains the typical setting of the Lion house with the small steering wheel and the dashboard in a raised position, but now presents – with the exception of the “basic” fittings – a 10 ”display that can be customized in terms of the layout and type of information shown. In the richer versions it is also equipped with a three-dimensional display mode. The multimedia system – positioned in the center of the dashboard and tilted towards the driver – controls a 10 “touch screen, more defined and reactive and for the first time flanked by a second display, always sensitive to the touch: positioned just lower, it allows to choose and always have at hand your favorite shortcut keys.
ADAS EVOLVE – The technological step forward of the new Peugeot 308 it is also underlined by the many driving aids available as standard or as an option, depending on the version. More specifically, the “Drive Assist 2.0” package combines the work of the adaptive cruise control with the Stop & Go function and the lane keeping system allowing the semi-automatic lane change (if the conditions allow it, just insert the arrow and the car overcomes autonomously the vehicle in front of it from 70 km / h to 180 km / h), and adapting the cornering speed (optimizes the speed according to the trajectory of the curve, up to 180 km / h, and recommends the speed to be maintained depending on as reported in the road signs).
THE PLUG-IN HYBRIDS DEBUT – The new Peugeot 308 will be in dealerships at the end of September 2021 at a starting price – not yet announced – of around 25,000 euros. Under the hood a wide range of traditional thermal engines and for the first time plug-in hybrids. In the petrol chapter we find the 3-cylinder turbo 1.2 with 110 HP (combined only with the six-speed manual gearbox) or 130 HP (both manual and eight-speed automatic); only one the power level of the Peugeot 308 in turbodiesel variant: it is powered by the four-cylinder 1.5 and has 130 HP. Again it is available with both manual and automatic transmission. There are two plug-in hybrid variants offered at launch: they combine the 1.6 turbo four-cylinder petrol engine – with 150 or 180 HP – an electric motor – also positioned on the front axle – of 110 HP for a combined power of 180 or 225 hp. The eight-speed automatic transmission takes care of transferring the motion to the front wheels, while the electric unit is powered by a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, sufficient according to the WLTP homologation cycle for 60 or 59 km of autonomy. in electric mode only.