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Peugeot unveils new 308

Peugeot unveils new 308


Peugeot has revealed its striking new 308, showcasing an all new design for the firm’s popular hatchback.

Peugeot has revealed its striking new 308, showcasing an all new design for the firm’s popular hatchback.

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The new Peugeot - which arrives as a rival for the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf - has been given a comprehensive makeover for 2021 and is the first vehicle to feature the brand’s newly-designed logo. 

At the front of the vehicle sits a bold new grille framed by new ‘claw’ headlights. Similar in design to those of the flagship 508, they give the hatchback a sleek, dynamic appearance. 

Thanks to an increase in wheelbase length - now 55mm longer than the previous 308 - the new car provides more interior space. A drop in ride height of 20mm gives the car a more hunkered-down appearance on the road, too. 

Inside the cabin, you’ll find Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit system which incorporates a 10-inch digital display instrument cluster sat in the place of the conventional dials. Alongside this is a second 10-inch central touchscreen which is now standard across the 308 range

Thanks to a redesigned dashboard, front-seat passenger space is increased substantially over the older car, while cabin material quality has been improved across the board. However, boot space has dropped compared with the previous-generation 308 - down to 412 litres from 470 - though Peugeot says that rear-seat space is now more generous than before. 

The new 308 incorporates a range of driver assistance systems too, including semi-automatic lane change assist and adaptive cruise control. 

A range of plug-in hybrid powertrains have been introduced to the 308 for the first time, including outputs of 178bhp and 222bhp, bringing with them a 37-mile electric-only range. According to Peugeot, fully charging the 12.4kWh battery will take just two hours. 

That said, more conventional options are being offered alongside these electrified powertrains. A 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel make up the combustion engine versions, with both using an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

It’s likely that the 308 will arrive with three different trim levels - Allure, GT and GT Premium - though further details around this are likely to be announced over the next few weeks. 

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