New Peugeot 308 unveiled

FRANKFURT: The Peugeot 308 has been revealed ahead of going on sale later this year.

Details of the new Peugeot 308’s engine range are yet to be confirmed, but CO2 emissions will be as low as 85g/km.

The new Peugeot 308 has been unveiled months before its official public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September. The Volkswagen Golf rival uses an all-new platform and is up to 140kg lighter than the current 308.
Peugeot describes the 308’s new look as “classy and sophisticated”. Full LED headlights and tail lights are standard on higher-spec cars; all get the latest interpretation of Peugeot’s “floating” front grille.

Peugeot 308Underneath, the 308 uses the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which also underpins the new Citroen C4 Picasso. Peugeot says that development of the new architecture resulted in 116 patent applications and that “breakthrough engineering” allowed many of the components to be reduced in size, helping to reduce weight.

Details of the 308’s engine range are yet to be announced, but Peugeot has confirmed that CO2 emissions will be as low as 85g/km. A similar range of units to that available for the 208 supermini is likely, including three-cylinder petrol options.

The interior is also similar to the 208’s, with an unusually small steering wheel that sits below the main instrument dials. There’s also a 9.7in touch-screen centre console, which reduces the number of switches to a minimum.
Prices are expected to be announced closer to the 308’s Frankfurt debut. It will go on sale in Europe this autumn, and in the UK from January 2014.

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