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September launch for higher-tech Peugeot 308

Facelifted model also includes new diesel engine.

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Technology upgrades feature in a facelift to the Peugeot 308 family car, ranging across the hatch, SW estate and GTi versions of the model.

On sale in September, the new model also includes significant engine and transmission updates.

Dubbed New Peugeot 308, the car will be the first Peugeot-Citroën model to be fitted with the group’s new 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine of 130hp. This uses an ‘at source and at exhaust’ emission control system that Peugeot says was developed in its Le Mans 24hr race cars.

The three-cylinder Pure Tech petrol engines are upgraded and matched to a revised six-speed manual gearbox, while the 2-litre 180 BlueHDi diesel gains a new eight-speed auto transmission.

Six-second GTi

The Peugeot 308 GTi remains the range-topper, developed by the brand’s Peugeot Sport competition department. Its 270hp petrol engine promises a 0-62mph time of six seconds while returning CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

New technology includes the brand’s latest infotainment system. Centring on a 9.7-inch touchscreen, it includes Mirrolink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.1706 new Peugeot 308

Peugeot is also highlighting the increase in driver aids now available for the 308 range. Speed Limit Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control and an Active Blind Spot Monitoring System are all added to the menu.

The Speed Limit Recognition employs a windscreen-located camera to read speed limit signs and display them on the car’s dashboard, while ignoring signs aimed at specific vehicles, such as HGVs.

The Adaptive Cruise Control includes a stop function, while also now available is a
smart park assist system dubbed City Park.

Visually the car gains the usual facelift elements of reshaped bumpers and headlamps, the new look designed to match that of the larger 3008 SUV launched in 2016.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.