As the impressive version of Peugeot 308 has almost reached the end of its production run, the development work for the new version is going strong. The departing version offered an engaging driving experience, good design, and genuine innovation.
The company introduced the I-Cockpitin 2012 and whether you like it or not, you can’t ignore the fact that it offered good features. It offered easy maneuvering and easier entry and exit, though it had a drawback that it was not so easy to look at the instruments. The previous version of this vehicle was awarded as the 2014 car of the year. The new model is in its final phase of development and a few days ago, we got to drive its prototype.
The vehicle will be in the traditional compact hatch segment and it will be among the key players. It will be available in three versions: petrol, diesel, and a plug-in hybrid. The later version would top the line and offer the highest combined power output of which more than have would be produced by the turbo petrol engine.
The 308 never had a plug-in hybrid version. The platform used for this vehicle is different than the 2008 and 208, and both of these models are available in battery-electric versions. The company may also release a fully electric version, but it won’t be launched before 2023. The mild-hybrid version will also be launched in 2023, as announced by the company.
The PHEV version is certainly important and as it was not offered before, it’s exciting to see how well it will do in the market. The company’s product manager says this version was their priority. The interior of the vehicle offers a driver-oriented environment and it offers a good space for adults to fit in. The company is also planning on launching an SW version, specifically for families, in 2022.
The vehicle is heavier but a good look at it tells you that its character hasn’t changed much. The company wants to offer more comfort after getting feedback from some owners, so they have put extra effort towards this.