The next-generation Peugeot 308 will kick off in 2022, and an indication of what to expect from the car comes in form of a camouflaged prototype.
Next-Generation Peugeot 308 Overview
With this heavy camouflage, it means that it is unclear how it’s going to be achieved at this stage. However, it seems like the Peugeot 308 will swap its protruding lower bumper for a rounded front end that joins Peugeot’s new frameless grille and narrow headlights. Meanwhile the brand’s trademark vertical daytime-running lights are very likely to feature in some form.
Also, the roofline appears to curve more abruptly towards the rear. This makes the hatchback appear longer and lower. Meanwhile, details which include a subtle rear spoiler, new wing mirrors, and a sharkfin-style aerial will round off the transmission.
Peugeot Boss Statement on Their Car Models
Jean-Phillippe Imperato, Peugeot boss has previously said that the 308 will build on the bold look of other recent Peugeots. When describing why Peugeot’s comeback has been so successful, he said “we put the design first”. “On top of all the investment choices, I protected the design, then the brand image recovers.”
The Peugeot 308 kick-started the transformation of the entire Peugeot range with a confident approach when it was launched in 2014. Although the successful, more daringly styled 3008 followed, along with the 5008, 208, and 2008.
However, the next generation 308 is set to play a role again by constructing the groundwork for a new era of Peugeots when it is launched for sale in 2022. This will most likely be after a public debut towards the closure of 2021.
The car will be built on an updated version of the EMP2 platform. It underpins over a dozen PSA Group models and also was originally introduced on the current 308. The strategy of the EMP2 models so far has been for EMP2 models to be offered with plug-in hybrid technology. And for smaller CMP models to arrive with dedicated electric versions. Both of them offered alongside existing diesel and petrol variants.
The Next-Generation 308 Powertrain
The 308 is set to have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, mixing a 1.6-liter petrol engine with an electric motor. And this is in order to drive the front wheels in a mainstream variant. Although it is a proposed second plug-in hybrid model and it will attract and interest enthusiasts.
This particular model which is developed by the brand’s new PSE performance arm would gain an additional electric motor on the rear axle. This is a set-up that was already used on the 3008 PHEV, and it is to give the 308 four-wheel-drive. And also create a new 300bhp-plus hot hatch version that would receive also a host of sporty chassis and styling upgrades to place a challenge to the likes of Volkswagen Golf R.
The GTi badge will not be used on the Peugeot 308, or even any other Peugeots apart from the 208. The next-generation 308 will include five-door hatchback and estate versions again. For the likes of the 308 CC coupe-convertible which was seen in the previous generations there will be no return. This was due to the lack of profitability from such cars.