One of the oldest models in the competitive compact hatchback segment in Europe, the Peugeot 308 was updated a few months ago for the 2021 model year. However, the revisions were limited to a new paint job, to a few new wheel models and a digital instrument panel joined by a 10-inch touchscreen. For an entirely new 308, this is the car you are going to have to expect.
Spied for the first time, the next-generation model was seen in Germany near the PSA / Opel test center at very low altitude. Many details are difficult to make out due to the abundance of camouflage, but the LED daytime running lights can be seen stretching along the front bumper as is the case with many recent Peugeot’s.
It’s hard to tell by looking at the pictures, but our spies told us the car appeared to be a bit wider than the 308. This probably has to do with the model’s move to the EMP2 platform that should come with it. a change in size and weight. This will also open the possibility to plug-in hybrid powertrains and an electrified hot hatch with all-wheel drive and around 300 horsepower.
While our spies have nabbed the five-door sedan, there’s a good chance there is also a wagon to go after the VW Golf Variant and the Skoda Octavia Combi. Additionally, a 308 sedan intended primarily for the Chinese market seems like an educated guess, while the return of the three-door sedan or 308 CC (convertible coupe) seems unlikely.
Peugeot 308 2022 prototype
Concept Peugeot e-Legend 2018
Interestingly, we also have an image of the interior showing the revised i-Cockpit with a fully digital instrument panel. What caught our attention was the steering wheel, in particular the badge. Did you notice anything different? This is not the usual Peugeot logo as the prototype appeared to have an updated interpretation of the logo. At first glance, the company badge is similar to what the company used for the retrolicious 2018 e-Legend concept.
We expect the wraps to roll out next year, when the new 308 has its work cut out for it, given the VW Group’s crop of compact sedans has been renewed in 2020.