Peugeot 308 2021 releases new render photos. When it came out in 2013, the second generation 308 brought Peugeot into a new dimension. It began the move upmarket of the Lion, in the Volkswagen movement, anxious to join the very closed club of “premium generalists”. In 2021, she will come back to us more angry than ever, strong with the reputation for the seriousness that she quickly forged. Having moved closer to Golf standards, it could now target Audi A3 customers.
2020 would it be the year of compacts? Volkswagen is preparing to completely renew its offer by the start of the new school year. The Golf 8 is currently arriving in the showrooms, followed very soon by the Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon, then by the brand new Audi A3. Within the PSA group, the same will apply with a few months’ delay.
The honor will go to the Citroën C4, potentially renamed GS, to open hostilities before summer, while next fall, a brand new DS4 should take its first steps, on the occasion of the Mondial de Paris. We will have to wait until spring 2021 to discover the final features of the third generation Peugeot 308, of which we offer you a first exclusive illustration. To complete the circle, these three models of the PSA group will finally be joined by the Opel Astra, sixth of the name, by 2022.
Unlike the new Citroën C4 / GS, the Peugeot 308 “3” will not rest on a platform extrapolated from that of the Peugeot 2008. By remaining faithful to the EMP2 underbody of the current compact, it will allow the exploitation of Peugeot 3008 rechargeable hybrid units but will refrain from using a 100% electric engine.
If the SUV starts its virtuous range from 225 hp, its little sister could accumulate only 180 hp at entry-level PHEV, to lower the entry ticket, and thus get closer to the competitive prices of the Renault Mégane E- Tech Plug-in, 160 hp strong. The Peugeot 308 HYbrid will also offer a more affordable offer than that of the Volkswagen group, which deploys 204 hp at least.
A hybrid 308 GTi from 360?
Unfortunately, the future Peugeot 308 will miss the classic hybridization, unlike its rival of the Rhombus. Renault should apply the Clio E-Tech (140 hp) recipe to offer a non-rechargeable unit, at the price of a diesel equivalent. Hopefully, this elitist positioning, advocated by the Lion, will not play against this new 308. It can anyway rely on micro-hybridized petrol blocks, based on 3-cylinder engines, when the diesel supply is will reduce to chagrin.
Finally, what about a GTi variant? This appellation is going to disappear definitively to leave the field open to a high-performance rechargeable hybrid, in the vein of the 508 “Peugeot Sport Engineered”, currently under development. Like the latter, the Peugeot 308 PSE could accumulate 360 hp, and benefit from an all-wheel-drive, even if it means cutting back on its boot loading capacity.
Station wagon and hatchback
To benefit from a large volume of transport, the future Peugeot 308 can always count on its station wagon variant. A mover who could know a raised variant, like Audi Allroad. In any case, it is rumored that the sedan would benefit from this type of hardware, to rub the Mercedes GLA and other Kia Xceed. Finally, this Peugeot 308 could become the object of reconquering the North American market for the Sochaux firm. A trunk sedan could be extrapolated to fuel car-sharing fleets in the land of Uncle Sam.
308 2021 Price
Launched in spring 2021, the future Peugeot 308 could be revealed in the fall of 2020, at the Paris Motor Show. Unless the manufacturer prefers the Geneva Motor Show to him in March 2021. When it is marketed, the Peugeot 308 should experience slight price inflation, to start around 23,000 €.
Finally, he said behind the scenes that the French brand is thinking of redesigning its logo and that it would take advantage of the renewal of the Peugeot 308 to inaugurate it. The Lion standing on its hind legs, as we know it today, could only display its fierce face, as was the case in the 1960s.