Peugeot 308 receives three hybrid variants


Peugeot presents the new 308, immediately available in a hybrid version. Note the new lion logo, which adorns the muzzle as well as the sides, trunk lid and rims. For the new 308, fewer risks were taken. Fortunately, Peugeot goes a step further than Volkswagen, where every new VW Golf appears to be a carbon copy of the previous generation. In profile, not much has changed on the 308, but Peugeot has given the popular mid-class car a whole new look with a distinctive, sporty grille. The 308 is the first Peugeot with the new logo. There is no longer a complete lion, only the head of the beast adorns the sides and the trunk lid of the compact hatchback.

The new Peugeot 308 has grown by 11 cm. The bodywork has also been lowered by 2 cm, which, together with the muscular wheel arches and smooth sidewalls, ensures a great presence to the lines. Also note the slanted windshield and long roof spoiler, which serve both appearance and aerodynamics. Of course, the new Peugeot 308 looks through LED lenses; as an option, you can even order matrix technology. The light blocks on the back are also works of art; they are linked together by a band (not illuminated).

The Peugeot 308 uses the famous i-Cockpit, which retains its singularity since you see the instruments above the steering wheel rather than through it. The concept has been kept, but the dashboard and center console are completely new. It seems both busier and more beautiful, with two 10-inch screens from the basic versions. That of the infotainment is of the tactile type and placed a little lower, in order to be able to be used as naturally as possible. The i-Connect Advanced supports almost all the infotainment imaginable today and the connectivity that seems just as essential in 2021. Many functions can also be controlled by voice after an OK Peugeot.

In terms of roominess, great progress has been made, thanks to the wheelbase increased by 5.5 cm of the new Peugeot 308. The load volume has decreased a little, but with 412 l, the boot remains the one of the most spacious in its segment. The plug-in hybrid versions are satisfied with a storage volume of 361 l. And here and there in the cabin there are storage compartments with a total capacity of 34 l. Opel, which is also part of the Stellantis family, offers AGR classified seats which guarantee better comfort. The front seats can be electrically adjusted in ten different ways; in addition to heating, various massage programs are also available. And at the back there is extra knee room.

There are few surprises under the hood of the new Peugeot 308. There is no question of a fully electric version; the EMP2 platform was not really developed for this. It is only a matter of time, we are told in Paris. The range includes two hybrids, which combine a 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an 81 kW electric motor. This system produces a power of 180 or 225 hp, while the 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery promises an electric range of around 60 km. We have to wait for homologation to know the final figures, but Peugeot has already promised CO2 emissions of only 25 g / km.

A plug-in hybrid version with a combined power of around 300 hp will probably follow, which will then be the little sister of the Peugeot 508 PSE. It will be a hot-hatch type hybrid model with a specific design and chassis, a formidable competitor for the VW Golf GTE. But the majority of sales will still be made with more traditional forms of propulsion. We are talking about the 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine of the PureTech family, which comes in 110 and 130 hp. There is also the famous 130bhp BlueHDi Diesel four-cylinder, which like the most powerful gasoline engine is optionally available with the EAT8 transmission. The automatic transmission is now operated by a small actuator instead of a conventional gear lever.

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