Peugeot aiming for the top with ultra-modern 308

The new and ultra-modern Peugeot 308 will be launched across Europe from mid-September and will reach showrooms in Ireland in December.

The new and ultra-modern Peugeot 308 will be launched across Europe from mid-September and will reach showrooms in Ireland in December.

The new 308 is the class-leader across a number of fronts - biggest boot in the segment (470 litres) and excellent passenger room; it has the most compact exterior dimensions in its class and it is lighter than competitors and fitted with the latest Peugeot petrol and diesel powertrains.

It will also set new performance records in its class, apparently. With a length of 4.25m, height of 1.46m and a width of 1.8m, the new 308 is extremely agile and maneuverable. The front and rear overhangs have been reduced.

The result is a compact exterior design that houses a particularly spacious interior that offers up to 1412mm elbow room and a vast cooled glove box of 12 litres. The low loading sill and extensive opening (1068mm wide) make loading easier.

The boot space increases to 1309 litres when the rear seats are folded. A world-first, full LED headlamps (level 3 models), create a strong signature, whilst the lion-claw rear lamps are outlined by LEDs on all versions, a first in the segment.

A world-first, the tailgate is formed using Thermoplastic, a composite material that is both light and rigid.

A range of new Peugeot petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines has been introduced for 308 with CO2 emissions as low as 82g/km matched to consumption of just 3.1l/100km or 91.1mpg, to become class leader in the segment.

The engines include - 1.2 litre petrol VTi 82bhp 114g/km CO2 5-speed manual; 1.6 litre petrol THP 125bhp 129g/km CO2 6-speed manual, ultra low rolling resistance tyres; 1.6 litre petrol THP 155bhp 129g/km CO2

6-speed manual, ultra low rolling resistance tyres; 1.6 litre HDi diesel 92bhp 93g/km CO2 5-speed manual, ultra low rolling resistance tyres; 1.6 litre HDi diesel 115bhp 95g/km CO2 6-speed manual, ultra low rolling resistance tyres.

From spring 2014, new Euro 6 engines will be offered on new Peugeot 308 to include derivatives of the 1.2 petrol powertrains - 1.2 litre petrol eTHP 110bhp 5-speed manual EURO 6; 1.2 litre petrol eTHP 130bhp 6-speed manual EURO 6; 1.2 litre petrol eTHP 130bhp 6-speed automatic EURO 6.

Prices and specifications for the Irish market will be announced closer to its arrival in December.