Peugeot has published its all-modern 308, giving us our first apt likelihood to glance its radically up to this level emblem on a automobile
We wouldn’t on the total lead a modern automobile myth by talking about the badge, but it’s no longer on the total a automobile producer updates their emblem pretty as significantly as Peugeot beautiful has. The French producer no longer too long within the past published the 11th update to the Lion emblem it’s fashioned since 1850, rebooting a originate that was as soon as first around within the 1960s.
The first automobile to set apart on the brand new badge is the all-modern 308, to which Peugeot has affixed an especially sizeable model. Granted, it’s perchance no greater than the fashioned silver Lion emblem, however the defend-backed emblem does seek for moderately conspicuous in this create. What’s arguably more unusual is having the mannequin title on the front of the auto as properly as the rear. In time, we’ll indubitably fetch fashioned to it.
As for the auto those badges are caught to, it’s a fine C-phase hatchback sitting on an up to this level model of the Stellantis ‘EMP2’ (Efficient Modular Platform) structure fashioned for the outgoing 308. It’s 11mm longer and has a 55mm stretched wheelbase, giving extra space interior. Oddly though, the decent luggage ability decide has dropped relative to the fashioned automobile from 470 to 412, but you attain fetch a 28 litres compartment under the boot floor. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ve got 1323 litres to play with, an enchancment of 138 litres.
When it comes to engines, there’s the sequence of a 1.2-litre inline-three turbo petrol or a 1.5-litre ‘BlueHDI’ diesel each producing 128bhp, or one of two hybrids that every have an electrical motor mounted their eight-velocity automated gearboxes. The Hybrid 180 offers you 178bhp and a 37-mile electrical-handiest range, whereas the 225 is apt for 222bhp and 38 miles. Don’t inquire of the latter to be a sizzling hatch, though – we don’t have efficiency figures yet, but since each bolt-in devices cart around 12.4kWh battery packs, they gained’t be mild.
There gained’t be a sizzling one the least bit, sadly. Peugeot has retired its GTI stamp, and talking to High Gear, the company’s product boss successfully ruled out a ‘Sport Engineered’ efficiency hybrid. Damn.
Internal, Peugeot is persisting with its uncommon ‘i-Cockpit’ format, meaning there’s a tiny steering wheel sitting below a high-mounted 10-lumber digital instrument cluster. Down a minute of and to the aspect of that can also perchance be a 10-lumber touchscreen infotainment gadget. It parts six shortcut keys below (importantly, one for the climate controls), below which is a orderly line of toggle-model bodily buttons for things love the hazard lights and windscreen demist.
Safety programs (some long-established, some no longer compulsory) embody 75-metre long-range blind-whisper monitoring, a high-def 180-diploma parking camera with its have cleansing nozzle, and Rear Inferior Traffic Alert. A Drive Attend pack becoming a member of the diversity later within the year will embody a ‘semi-automated lane alternate’ feature.
UK pricing and specs aren’t readily available beautiful yet, but we’d financial institution on a initiating level someplace between £22,000 and £23,000. It’ll be readily available to record “later within the year,” Peugeot says, and produced within the company’s Mulhouse manufacturing unit.