Groupe PSA has just released more details of the Peugeot 308 facelift. A total of six variants will be on offer, beginning with the entry level Access, Active, Allure, GT Line, GT and range topping GTi. The 308 facelift comes in both hatchback and estate body styles.

Entry level variants of the 308 (Access, Active and Allure) get halogen headlamps LED DRLs while the rest get full LED headlamps. The cheapest trio get a simpler and more elegant front bumper design while the GT Line, GT and GTi have more aggressive ones with larger intake scoops to aid engine cooling. Front fog lamps are also exclusive to the higher-end models.

The redesigned tiger claw LED taillamps is now a standard feature on all variants. A total of three distinct wheel designs are available at launch – 16-inch ‘Zycron’ alloys, 16-inch ‘Jade’ two-tone diamond cut finish and 18-inch ‘Saphir Black’ two-tone diamond cut alloy wheels.

Inside, Active variants and above get the latest 9.7-inch infotainment system that supports MirrorLink, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a faster 3D satellite navigation with TomTom real-time traffic monitoring service. Allure, GT Line and GT versions get a panoramic fixed glass roof as standard.

Three engines are offered for the 308 range: a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-pot petrol (PureTech 130), 1.5-litre turbodiesel (BlueHDi 130) and 2.0-litre turbodiesel BlueHDi 180. A new six-speed manual transmission is featured on the PureTech 130 while the BlueHDi 180 gets a newly developed eight-speed automatic made by Aisin.

The 308 gets 5 Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating thanks to features such as Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert (Autonomous Braking), Active Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Automatic Headlamp Control, Speed Sign Recognition and Speed Suggestion, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, VisioPark 1 360-degree camera and Park Assist (auto park).

On automatic variants, the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function can bring the car to a complete stop but on manual variants, the car is slowed down to 30 km/h and requires the driver to assume control. Regardless, the system is operable at speeds of up to 180 km/h.

The facelifted Peugeot 308 is produced at Groupe PSA’s Sochaux factory in France, with first batches of delivery scheduled to commence in September. Expect its Malaysian arrival soon.


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