After Citroen C-Elysee revealed its new facelift a few weeks ago, the Peugeot 301 apparently had its own makeover done too. Well, the French company armed its most affordable model with refreshing features in time for 2017. As a matter of fact, Peugeot will be producing the enhanced version of the 301 sedan in Vigo, Spain. For those who didn’t know yet, this is also where Citroen C-Elysee had its facelift. Okay, so this is not a coincidence.
All things considered, what we see on the restyled Peugeot sedan are mostly what anyone would expect after an extreme makeover. By incorporating the brand’s irresistible styling cues, the front end now looks way different from the current model. The refreshed 301 now features a new bumper with LED daytime running lamps, tinted headlights and new radiator grille with chrome accents. Added at the rear are the new tail lamps with 3D design. But that’s just to name a few.
For its interiors, the 301 now has a new infotainment system complete with a 7-inch touch screen for its monitor. The same touch screen can also emulate what’s on the owner’s smartphone device with the use of Mirror Screen’s triple play connectivity. In addition, Peugeot now offers the new model with 3D TomTom navigation system plus a reversible camera for more options.
Under the hood, the Peugeot 301 will have several diesel and petrol engine variants. The entry-level is an 82hp 1.2 litre PureTech petrol with 5-speed manual transmission. This will be followed by one with a 115hp 1.6 litre engine paired with either a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. On the other hand, the Peugeot 301 diesel models will have the 1.6 litre motor in either 92hp or 100hp power stages. Both diesel engines are going to be equipped with 5-speed manual transmission gear. It would be good to note that all of these conform to the Euro 6 standards.
If there’s more, expect Peugeot’s budget sedan to arrive at different countries worldwide. Yes, even to those countries with extremely warm climate. Peugeot has already developed a special air conditioning unit that can withstand the hottest weather. The two petrol variants will be equipped with AC Max button, special cooling circuit, condenser and compressor for optimum air conditioning function. Similarly, the updated 301 sedan comes with a “cold climate package”. This includes a heated windscreen, also for the seats and specially made electrical resistors to optimise heat at the passenger area.
Peugeot’s budget-friendly sedan as we know has sold over 360,000 units in the last four years. With the new facelift, it only goes to show how Peugeot is ready to move on with the times.