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Peugeot 308 facelift brings boost in efficiency

Revised 308 has lower emissions and smarter looks

The new Peugeot 308 hatchback

The new Peugeot 308 hatchback

Available in hatchback, SW estate and CC coupé-convertible form, the new Peugeot 308 range includes micro-hybrid start-stop technology on some models, and an increased amount of standard equipment.

On the outside the design has been sharpened up, and under the bonnet CO2 emissions have been improved. Peugeot is also promising there’ll be a 200bhp GT hot hatch model.

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New style direction for Peugeot 308

The Peugeot 308 SW estate is part of the update

The Peugeot 308 SW estate is part of the update

New looks for the Peugeot 308 range reflect the latest styling direction introduced with the brand new Peugeot 508 and the Peugeot SR1 concept car.

The latest 308 is much more sharply raked at the front, so it should be easy to differentiate it from the current version. LED headlamps and daytime running lights bring it right up to date – day or night.

But the changes are more than skin deep. There is an impressive average weight reduction across the range of 25kg, ultra low rolling resistance 16-inch tyres are fitted, and all the engines have been optimised for Euro 5 emissions regulations.

The improvements come alongside the launch of some new eco models.

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Emissions have been reduced across the model range too, including the Peugeot 308 CC convertbile

Emissions have been reduced across the model range too, including the Peugeot 308 CC convertible

Class-leading CO2 emissions

Star among these is a new 1.6-litre e-HDi hatchback, with 112bhp and start-stop fitted as standard. Like Smart, Peugeot refers to its stop-start technology as a micro-hybrid system, although it simply means the car engine automatically switches off at idle and restarts the moment you put it back into gear or release the brake.

According to Peugeot this new 308 e-HDi emits just 98g/km CO2. This makes it the cleanest car in the family hatchback sector – beating the likes of the Volkswagen BlueMotion and SEAT Leon EcoMotive.

This model will come with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed electronically controlled gearbox – EGC – which functions like an automatic.

The best aerodynamics in the sector help here – as they also do with a five-speed manual 308 HDi with 92bhp and CO2 emissions of 110g/km, which will be more affordable than the e-HDi.

Read our full review of the current Peugeot 308 and Peugeot 308 CC

The interior of the updated 2011 Peugeot 308

Standard equipment has been improved in the new Peugeot 308

Eight engines and four trim levels

Four trim levels will be available right across the new 308 range – Access, SR, Active and Allure – with a high performance GT specification reserved for the hatchback and CC, powered by a 200bhp 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol engine.

Standard kit on all models includes air conditioning, stability control, all-round electric windows, remote locking and six airbags.

There is a choice of four petrol and four diesel engines – ranging from an entry-level 1.4-litre petrol with 98bhp and five-speed gearbox right through to the six-speed 200bhp 1.6 THP and a 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi automatic.

The new Peugeot 308 gets its public debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, before going on sale in the UK this May. Prices are set to start at £15,245. 

The 98g/km CO2 e-HDi will follow in the summer.

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