2018 Peugeot 308 Facelift to offer new safety suite, 8-speed AT and diesel variant

Article by Christian A., on May 8, 2017

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.

Press Release


In unveiling the new-generation PEUGEOT 308 today, PEUGEOT is writing the latest chapter in the long story of its best-selling model. Stand-out exterior styling features start with an assertive vertical grille proudly framing the famous Lion badge, a superbly sleek bonnet, and a LED light signature at all trim levels.

Inside, the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® boasts a capacitive touchscreen offering connected 3D satnav, new graphics, and optimally rapid access to functions. And the new PEUGEOT 308 brings in all the advanced driver assistance systems found on the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV.

For superlative road performance there’s a choice of up-to-the-minute powertrains, such as the brand new BlueHDi 130 S&S engine or, most uncommon in this vehicle segment, a new eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with the BlueHDi 180 S&S engine. With new pollution-control systems on petrol and diesel versions, PEUGEOT is anticipating on the introduction of the Euro 6.c standard.

Smart, sleek design

In both hatchback and station-wagon outlines, the PEUGEOT 308 is instantly impressive with its perfectly balanced proportions. Expressive design extends across all six trim versions: Access, Active, Allure, GT Line, GT and GTi. And if the car exudes a powerful sense of robustness and vigour, this owes much to a body design that deliberately fits closely with the underlying mechanics.

The sleek new bonnet caps the vertical grille, with central Lion badge and the PEUGEOT name sculpted into the upper trim. And the car has a real twinkle in its eye, with headlamp-integrated LEDs producing a distinctive front light signature. The muscular front bumper aptly suggests an impressive cornering capability, and its three generous lower apertures ensure effective engine cooling. Side recesses accommodate the foglamps. The rear lamps show a proud three-claw light signature night and day. And with its short front and rear overhangs the new PEUGEOT 308 keeps its reputation for excellent manoeuvrability.

Driver assistance systems and connectivity

Extended driver assistance on the new PEUGEOT 308 runs to eight latest-generation systems, including Active Safety Brake and Active Lane Departure Warning. And this is the first PSA group model to get cruise control including a stop function (with automatic transmission) or a 30 km/h function (with manual transmission).

For the utmost in parking convenience, the new PEUGEOT 308 uses Visiopark 1 with 180° rear camera and the Park Assist function, which measures the parking space available and actually steers the car in.

Addressing mounting demand for seamless in-car connection capabilities, the i-Cockpit® of the new PEUGEOT 308 includes the Mirror Screen, which duplicates the smartphone on the vehicle touchscreen. This is a triple-play system, compatible with Mirrorlink®, Android Auto® and Apple CarplayTM protocols. The rapid-response new 3D satnav system, with voice control, is connected to the TomTom® Traffic realtime traffic monitoring service, enabling motorists to optimize their journeys by factoring in actual traffic conditions.

Efficient new powertrains

The BlueHDi 180 S&S Diesel engine, exclusive to the new PEUGEOT 308 GT, is coupled through a new-generation EAT8 automatic transmission (developed with Japanese specialists Aisin), a new eight-speed unit featuring slick, smooth, linear response, plus Stop&Start capability from 20 km/h. This powerful and highly efficient powertrain procures a really sensational driving experience.

PEUGEOT is one of the first automakers to anticipate on introduction of the Euro 6.c standard, consistent with the PSA group’s advocacy of measures to ensure customers have access to independent, certified information on actual fuel consumption under real-life driving conditions. From September 2018, Real Driving Emissions (RDE) must not exceed 2.1 times the certification figures.

The new PEUGEOT 308 is powered by a choice of highly efficient petrol and Diesel engines offering an ideal compromise between high performance and low fuel consumption.

The three-cylinder petrol engine has undergone a major upgrade, with at-source and at-exhaust emission control for low real-life fuel consumption and even more efficient pollution reduction. High-precision injection control on the PureTech 130 S&S engine enhances combustion efficiency, and exhaust gases go through a catalytic converter then a passive-regeneration gasoline particle filter. A new six-speed manual gearbox reaps the maximum benefit of this high-performance engine.

The new PEUGEOT 308 is the first PSA group model to get the new BlueHDi 130 S&S Diesel engine, a four-cylinder unit that also implements at-source and at-exhaust emission control. Combustion efficiency is improved by a patented combustion chamber design, the efficacy of which was amply proven under competition conditions in the 24-hour Le Mans event. And further efficiency gains are afforded by the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) pollution control system, fitted as close as possible to the engine for the fastest possible post-treatment action.

The new PEUGEOT 308 and PEUGEOT 308 SW are made at the Sochaux plant in France.

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