The 2022 Peugeot 308 has been revealed ahead of an early 2022 Australian release with a drastic new look, more technology including hybrid models and according to Peugeot, a more upmarket and spacious interior than before. Competing with rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3, Skoda Scala and Hyundai i30, the new generation 308 continues Peugeot’s push upmarket towards premium offerings such as the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The new 308 also debuts the brand’s new logo.

Kate Gillis, General Manager Peugeot Australia, said: “The new Peugeot 308’s bold and stylish design, commitment to creating an enjoyable and convenient environment and driving experience for the driver and passengers and enhanced technology combine to elevate the appeal of the 308.

“We look forward to welcoming the new Peugeot 308 to Australia in Q1, 2022.”

Fitting in with Peugeot’s latest styling theme, the 2022 Peugeot 308 is a dramatic step forward for the brand with a sharp and angular design that looks very futuristic. The interior is also a big step forward with more luxurious materials, a new centre touchscreen and more practicality with bigger cupholders and wireless phone charging for the first time.

Riding on PSA’s EMP2 platform – updated from the current shape 308 – the new generation 308 measures 4,360mm long and 1,440mm tall (the width is yet to be revealed) which is 107mm longer and 20mm shorter in height than the current model. Its 2,675mm long wheelbase is a large 55mm longer than the current model as well.

The platform is compatible with a wide range of powertrain options, including the traditional petrol and diesel offerings, but also plug-in hybrid and even fully electric options. A range of powertrains was unveiled including a 96kW 1.2-litre turbo petrol, a 96kW 1.5-litre turbo diesel and a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that’s combined with a 12.4kWh battery pack for two plug-in hybrid options, one with 110kW and one with 132kW.

All 308s are front-wheel drive, though a four-wheel drive 225kW plug-in hybrid badged PSE like the hot 508, should be coming within a few years. Australian drivetrain choices are yet to be announced.

The active safety features of the 2022 Peugeot 308 have been upgraded with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, ‘long-range’ blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitoring, traffic sign recognition, auto high beam, a 360-degree parking camera with a washer and mirrors that drop automatically when reversing.

The 2022 Peugeot 308 is due on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2022, when local pricing and specs will be announced.

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