The New 308 has been announced by Peugeot, in its second-generation. The new Peugeot 308 incorporates all the driving-assistance features recently revealed on the new SUVs, PEUGEOT 3008 and 5008. These new systems firmly place the car at the market’s high end.
In looks, the 2017 Peugeot 308 offers streamlined, classy styling. This design spans all six of its finishes: Access, Active, Allure, GT Line, GT, and GTi. Its build displays well-balanced proportions, both on the hatchback and SW (estate). With its reduced overhang, the new 308 continues to provide top-level manoeuvrability. Its lines flowing tightly over the mechanics express sturdiness and dynamism.
At the front end, a wide boot caps a tall radiator grille. Over the entire range, the famous Lion takes pride of place at the radiator grille’s center, below the sculpted letters of the brand’s name on the upper strip. On all the finishes, the LED lighting signature incorporated into the headlights give the new 308 a sharp look. New halogen elliptical module headlights are available on the first three levels of finish. The high-end levels of the range(GT Line, GT, and GTi) offer full LED lighting.
Two new bumpers with a keen, dynamic look underline the strong personality of the new 308. Three generous openings in the lower section ensure that the engine stays cool. Meantime, side scoops house the foglights. On the Allure finish, the 308 offers three new aluminium wheel rims, along with options of 16-inch Jade, two-one diamond-cut wheel rim or 18-inch Saphir Black, a two-tone diamond-cut wheel rim.
To house the new Euro 6.c engines, the fuel hatch of the new 308 has changed: formerly round, it is now rectangular to incorporate the AdBlue filler hole.
At the rear, the three-claw lighting signature is now constantly turned on. On the hatchback, the headlight protector has been darkened to support the car’s dynamic look.
On the inside, new seat fabrics for Active and Allure trims enhance the comfortable interior, and all 308 models benefit from the Peugeot i-Cockpit layout with its trademark compact steering wheel. The cabin is further enhanced with the inclusion of a panoramic fixed glass roof on Allure, GT Line and GT versions.
Under the bonnet, the new 308 offers a new range of engines which are all compliant with strict Euro 6 regulations. The award winning three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine has been upgraded for the new model year, and is coupled with a new six-speed manual gearbox for improved efficiency and control. At-exhaust emission controls on the engine are designed for efficient pollution reduction; high-precision injection control on the 1.2L PureTech 130 Stop&Start engine enhances combustion efficiency: exhaust gases pass through a catalytic converter followed by a passive-regeneration particle filter.
The new 308 is also the first PSA Group model to adopt the new 1.5l BlueHDi 130 S&S diesel engine, a four-cylinder unit that also implements at-source and at-exhaust emission control.
The new eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with the 2.0l BlueHDi 180 Stop&Start completes the new engine range, while the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is powered by a 270 PS THP Stop&Start unit, enabling 0-100km/h in just 6.0 seconds with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km.
On the safety side, the new 308 is equipped with the latest-generation driving aids recently unveiled on the 3008 and 5008 such as Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, Active lane departure warning system, Driver attention warning system, Automatic headlight control, Speed sign recognition and speed suggestion, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active blind spot monitoring system and Park Assist.
The 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport: sporting prowess without compromise
The new 308 GTi delivers ultimate driving sensations without sacrificing its efficiency or passenger comfort. Boasting all the stylish evolutions of the new 308, the GTi version transpires sportiness and exclusivity without ever being ostentatious: lowered chassis by 11mm, a completely new front and rear. The interior is equally sporty comprising special bucket seats and steering wheel.
Powered by the ultimate THP S&S 270 engine, it demonstrates real prowess by emitting only 139g CO2 per km, consuming only 6.0l per 100km. With an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4.46kg per hp, the new 308 GTi goes from 0 to 100km/h in only 6 seconds and takes only 25.3 seconds to travel 1000m from a standstill position.
The new 308 GTi is equipped with a limited-slip Torsen differential and 19-inch Carbone19 wheel rims with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. Fitted with 380mm front brake discs, red-painted calipers branded Peugeot SPORT, and 268mm rear brake discs. Exclusive new 308 GTi 270, the new “Coupe Franche” option is available with the Magnetic blue and Perla Nera combination.
Right from the launch, ten body colors will be available on the new Peugeot 308, including a new one: Pyrite Beige, which replaces Aluminium Grey.