New Peugeot 308 debuts with electrified looks & up to 60 km EV range


Peugeot has taken the wraps off the 3rd generation 308, which for the first time, will be available with electrified powertrains in addition to regular petrol and diesel versions. The new 308 is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in the second half of this year.

The styling is in-line with the latest Peugeot models, especially the 508 PSE‘s influence appears to be more here. Notice that the car wears the new Peugeot brand shield/coat of arms on the front grille, tailgate and on the wheels too. Those exhaust outlets are fake, obviously, but they perfectly match with the rest of the design language of the car. As for the dimensions, the new 308 measures 4,367 mm long (+114 mm), 1,852 mm wide (+37 mm) and 1,441 mm tall (-19 mm). Its wheelbase has grown by 55 mm to 2,675 mm.

As for other exterior features, LED headlights come standard on all trims, while the GT/GT Pack gets Matrix LED units. The taillights also have a brand-specific LED 3 claws signature. The base models get 16-inch rims while the higher-end models can get up to 18-inch aerodynamically optimized rims. Overall, the new 308 looks sharper compared to the outgoing model and boasts a drag coefficient of 0.28 Cd.

The sharp lines on the exterior have been mimicked inside the cabin, especially on the dashboard, door cards and the centre console. Underneath the touchscreen is a panel of configurable virtual i-toggles. Depending on the trim, the feature list includes a 10-inch central touchscreen, natural language voice recognition activated by “Ok Peugeot” command, a 10-inch 3D digital driver display, LED ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, two USB-C sockets, 10-speaker Focal audio system, and air conditioning with Air Quality System.


Safety and driver assistance systems include all the usual stuff such as the Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, semi-automatic lane change, 360° parking assistance and more. Download the information sheet here.


Moving on to the juicy bits then, the petrol engine is a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged unit, available in 81 kW (110 metric hp) tune or 96 kW (130 metric hp) tune. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit with 96 kW (130 metric hp) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque on offer. Depending on the engine, the gearbox will be a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.


As mentioned, there’ll be electrified options too, available in Hybrid 180 and Hybrid 225 variants. Both combine a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a single electric motor at the front, offering a combined power output of 132 kW (179 metric hp) and 165 kW (225 metric hp), respectively. The combined torque, however, is the same 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) in both variants. The gearbox is an 8-speed automatic. A 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to offer a pure electric WLTP range of up to 60 km (37 mi). Download the tech specifications sheet here.

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