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Peugeot unveils new 308

Peugeot has revealed its latest generation 308 – described as its boldest and most high-tech model yet.

Featuring a raft of changes, including sharpened styling and the new, 'highly efficient' engines, the new-generation 308 is available in Hatch, SW and GTi versions.

A ‘sleek’ new bonnet a new joins a new ’assertive’ vertical grille and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) for all models. Other design-led changes include a new front bumper with three lower grille openings to ensure effective engine cooling, while the rear lamps show a Peugeot's three-claw light signature night and day. Allure, GT Line and GT all feature a large glass roof as standard.

All models can now be specified with the advanced driver assistance systems found on the new Peugeot 3008 SUV. On the inside, Peugeot’s i-Cockpit interior layout means owners have access to a capacitive touchscreen, offering connected new 3D satnav and new graphics. The ‘rapid-response’ 3D satnav with voice control is connected to the TomTom Traffic realtime traffic monitoring service, enabling motorists to optimise their journeys by factoring in actual traffic conditions.

The new Peugeot 308 builds on its predecessor’s five-star Euro NCAP rating with improved safety technology and up to eight of the ‘latest-generation’ systems, including Active Safety Brake and Active Lane Departure Warning and adaptive cruise control, with a stop function (with automatic transmission), or a 19mph function (with manual transmission). A ‘Visiopark 1’ with 180° rear camera works with the Park Assist function to automatically steers the car in and out.

The engine line-up includes a new 1.5 BlueHDi 130 Stop&Start engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with the BlueHDi 180 Stop&Start engine. In the 308 GT, this powerplant is available with a new-generation EAT8 automatic transmission, which has been developed with Japanese specialists Aisin. The new eight-speed unit featuring slick, smooth, linear response, plus Stop&Start capability from 12mph, this powerful and highly efficient powertrain offers a 'rapid and direct driving experience'.

The New Peugeot 308, SW and the 308 GTi are available for UK delivery from September.