New images of Peugeot 308 2021 released. Peugeot is already preparing the third generation of its super sales 308, whose arrival on the market is scheduled for the end of 2021. The compact will debut plug-in hybrid versions and surely a 100% electric variant.
This 2020 is expected warm in the compact segment, with many launches that will further activate the fight between the models that encompass this category. In the past 2019, Seat León, Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and Renault Mégane, in this order, shared the cake of the best-selling models in the segment in Spain. All compact, curiously, that throughout 2020 new generations will debut, or updates such as the Mégane.
Thus, in March we are already waiting for the arrival of the new Seat León; somewhat earlier, the Volkswagen Golf 8 will land; for May, the aforementioned Renault Mégane; and bordering the end of the year 2020, it will be the new Peugeot 308 that will take center stage (it could already be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March).
The French compact will, therefore, continue to evolve according to the strategy that the PSA group has already started and presented with the latest Peugeot 208 / Opel Corsa utility vehicles and the new Peugeot 2008 / DS 3 Crossback SUVs. That is, introducing a lot of technology and with a clear commitment to electrification.
The new Peugeot 308 will thus benefit from the new features released in the second generation of the 508 saloons and continued in the newly released 208. From the start, it will be available with the popular five-door variant, in addition to the more versatile and spacious family station. wagon. It will have a powerful appearance for its front, as we can see in our computer-generated image, which will bet on the vertical cut and the LED “fang” on both sides of the bumper. The optical groups refine their lines and form a set with the radiator grille. The roofline will now also be steeper for a sportier image.
Beneath its skin, the new Peugeot 308 will be backed by an evolution of the EMP2 platform. Thanks to the redesigned architecture, the compact will be lighter than the current generation. A few inches will be added to its length, and the wheelbase should be slightly longer to improve rear legroom, as the new Seat Leon also announces.
As for the engine offer, it is expected that the new Peugeot 308 will use several gasoline units, among which the latest PureTech 3-cylinder engines will not be missing and all already with a particle filter, along with a well-known BlueHDi Diesel 1.5 liters of displacement. High-end models will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while smaller ones will likely only come with a manual transmission.
Hybrid technology would come from the hand of the most sporty variants. Thus, for the next Peugeot 308 GT, an electric motor could be incorporated that would work in conjunction with another gasoline engine to send all the power to the front wheels. Together they should produce a power of around 220 horsepower.
Taking advantage also of the bet towards electrification, the new Peugeot 308 could also release a new GTi version in which two electric motors, one for each axle, would reinforce one of the combustions to obtain even better benefits by reducing their consumption and their polluting emissions. Depending on the traffic conditions, it could have a 100% electric autonomy of between 50 and 60 km.
The 100% electric version of the new Peugeot 308 would arrive a little later if confirmed, but we bet on it to be able to keep up with the competition. The new architecture will have a more powerful electrical network to attend to new functions and security systems since is expected to reach Level 2 already self-driving.
And is that this electric road was announced a few days ago by the CEO of Peugeot, Jean-Philippe Imparato, during an interview with Automotive News. “The next 308 will be on the EMP2 platform. It will be a plug-in hybrid first, but perhaps later it could have a fully electric transmission. Our compact and midsize cars, “adds Imparato,” will have plug-in hybrid drivetrains because it’s an easier way to switch from internal combustion to electrification. ” For the Peugeot boss, the plug-in will represent between 15 and 20 percent of the compact’s orders.
Inside, the new Peugeot 308 is expected to continue to evolve its modern and sophisticated interior environment as well, with an update to the i-cockpit. The Peugeot 208 has already released a new 3D configuration, and the compact should continue to advance on this path. Of course, the information and entertainment systems will improve and will have many more functionalities, applications, and services, as well as the latest connectivity available.
The cabin will also have features and elements typical of upper segment cars, such as seats equipped with ventilation, heating, and massage (for the most exclusive versions).