After Peugeot 308’s sole image was revealed a few weeks ago, the French marque is now sharing more information about its new five-door hatchback. The diesel-powered 308 GT will be receiving a new 8-speed automatic gearbox plus minor tweaks inside and out according to the latest update.
Considering the “new facelift”, this is also the most understated exterior makeover we’ve seen on a Peugeot in recent years. The changes on the LED lights are not very noticeable but the redesigned hood somehow makes up for the lack of novelty. There’s a new bumper design on top of that which is visible enough along with its slightly modified vents and new fog lamps.
Unlike what we expect, the most significant element of this new update goes under the hood. Peugeot discloses there will be a new 180-hp diesel variant of the 308 GT and that it will feature a special 8-speed automatic transmission. Developed in collaboration with Aisin, this new gearbox will provide the 5-door hatch with a smoother and more efficient response as compared to the former 6-speed variety.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Peugeot 308 Facelift will be the first to come up with the new 130hp diesel four-cylinder engine with built-in “at-source / at-exhaust” emission control unit. This also comes equipped with a patented chamber design and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) pollution control system for lower emissions.
The Petrol version’s 130hp 3-cylinder, on the other hand, has also been slightly modified to deliver lesser emissions and better fuel consumption. This will be mated to a new 6-speed manual gearbox for optimum performance.
Inside, the makeover doesn’t provide noticeable changes on the dashboard unlike those on the 3008 crossover’s new generation models. More similar to the first gen’s i-Cockpit design, the 2018 version will have the same Mirror Screen technology that basically emulates what is seen on the display of your smart screen device onto the infotainment screen monitor.
PSA Group will be offering a total of 6 trim levels including the very sporty GTi, GT, GT Line, Allure, Active and Access just as before. As for the C-segment’s latest tech update, the French car manufacturer will provide a new version of the satellite navigation system along with TomTom real-time traffic monitoring service with voice control support.
In all, Peugeot 308’s mid-cycle makeover has also brought better safety technology and is now featuring Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure among other things. The Cruise Control will come with a stop function for the AT models and 30kph function on the manual.
Despite stepping out with an official press release, it seems PSA Group isn’t ready to reveal the rear profile in the near future. Nevertheless, anyone can see that there are slight modifications on the tail lamps as well just by studying the follow up images more carefully. In any case, we’re hoping to see better angles of these photos in the weeks to come.