Peugeot writes sequel to 308 story

FRENCH car maker Peugeot has written the sequel to its best selling 308 hatch, face lifting the car that has sold more than 760,000 since inception, and packing it with new technology in a bid to push the model up market.

Six model variants will make up the new range, down from 11, including the entry-level Access, Active, Allure, GT Line, GT, and super hot GTi, with a range of new engine options, including two new diesels giving customers improved choice. There’s a new 8-speed auto transmission too, and a sports wagon.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink all feature in a next level infotainment system that includes 3D mapping and complete voice control, while a significantly more stylised interior offers improved passenger comfort.

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Safety features like emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are all standard, while an optional parking assist feature that will drive the car in and out of spaces for you is also available.

Featured in the video included in this story is the legendary 308 GTi, which features a lowered chassis, a completely new front and rear end, special bucket seats and an exclusive GTi steering wheel, as well as a new ‘Coupe Franche’ colour scheme – combining magnetic blue and perla nera black.

Powered by the ultimate THP S&S 270 engine, the 308 GTi offers up 6-second 0-100km/h times and 6.0L/100km fuel economy. It rides in true hot hatch style on 19-inch Carbone wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. It’s fitted with a Torsen limited-slip diff, and pulls up hard thanks to massive 380mm front disc brakes, with branded Peugeot Sport red calipers.

The new 308, which will carry the brand into 2018, goes on sale in Europe in September, with an Australian release date yet to be confirmed.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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