- Peugeot 308, 308 SW and 308 GTi by year-end
- Sport units get new infotainment/safety tech
- New powertrains boost performance, efficiency
The next version of Peugeot’s 308 range, due in the last quarter of 2017, is claiming to be the most connected and safest yet with a range of technology and styling enhancements.
The focus in the cabin is on a 25cm touchscreen which puts key functions at the driver’s – dual-zone climate control to 3D Connected TomTom satnav.
The system also allows easy integration of smartphone functions.
The cars will also have driving aids introduced in the latest Peugeot 3008 SUV, family hatchback and wagon: speed-limit recognition, adaptive cruise-control and blind-spot monitors.
The windscreen camera does, however, disregard limits for, for example, heavy goods vehicles. City Park, a smart parking assist system, completes the safety and convenience offering.
The 2017 308 will be marketed with a range of new engines, among them an award-winning, three-cylinder, PureTech petrol engine which has been improved and a six -speed manual gearbox introduced.
Exhaust emissions controls come with precision injection control on the 1.2 PureTech 130 stop/start engine and better combustion efficiency after which exhaust gases pass through a catalytic converter and a particle filter.
The latest 308 is also the first PSA Group model to adopt the new 1.5 BlueHDi 130 stop/start diesel engine, a four-cylinder unit that also implements at-source and at-exhaust emissions control.
The system has been tested under competition conditions at the Le Mans 24-Hours and adds an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) pollution control system.
A new eight-speed auto transmission for the two-litre BlueHDi 180 stop/start unit completes the new engine range for the standard cars but the 308 GTi Sport has a 202kW turbo stop/start unit capable of taking the car from rest to 100km/h in six seconds.
Each new 308 units will have Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout with its trademark compact steering-wheel. Each Allure, GT Line and GT version will also have a fixed glass roof.
Externally, the Peugeot trademark styling details are said to have been revised for a “sharper” look. The distinctive rear ‘claw-effect’ lights are now standard, front and rear bumpers and headlights have been re-shaped to continue the family look of the Peugeot 3008 SUV or, the automaker says, “a real design statement” can now specify the 308 GTi Sport in two-tone body colours.
CLASS-LEADING ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
David Peel, MD of Peugeot UK, commented in an internationally distributed media release: “The Peugeot 308 is now more competitive than ever. The new car adds to an already impressive technology offering and while new styling and interior options bolster the car’s kerbside appeal.
“Peugeot’s commitment to developing class-leading engine technology is also highlighted by the presence of the new versions of the award-winning PureTech and BlueHDi engines.
“The blend of performance and economy finishes a unique package for the keen driver.”
The new right-hand Peugeot 308 and 308 SW will be available in September. Customers will be able to configure and buy their new car using Peugeot’s Order Online facility.