In this age of the internet, protecting secrets has become very difficult. Peugeot recently found itself in an intricate situation recently when an image of the upcoming 2018 Peugeot 308 was leaked online on the Peugeot Forum. The automaker has however remained choosing not to deny or confirm if the image is a true depiction of the upcoming Peugeot 308. However, considering the image was leaked on its brand-specific forum, we believe the images are of the Peugeot 308 set to be released later this year. You never know, the automaker could also be playing with enthusiasts by leaking the image themselves. Compared to the current model, the model on the image looks smarter courtesy of minor upgrades. Although the images look rather dark, we have managed to put together a review.
2018 Peugeot 308 Exterior
According to the leaked photo, the new 2018 Peugeot 308 hatchback will feature an upgraded exterior design that looks more elegant compared with the current model. Although the changes are minor when you compare the new model and the old, they have transformed the model to look more stylish. The front features an “equalizer” grille that is flanked by slightly revised headlights. The Peugeot badge has been shifted from the edge of the bonnet to the grille. Below the grille is a new bumper that looks more aggressive.
The model also features new fog lights and larger air intakes. Most of the changes are concentrated on the front fascia; the rear is largely unchanged. The only recognizable changes at the rear are the slightly modified taillights.
The leaked image of the Peugeot 308 showed only the exterior of the vehicle. The interior is still a mystery as of now. The design and layout of the dash will likely remain unchanged which is ok considering that the current model’s cabin looks stylish. I don’t think the automaker will feature the new i-Cockpit in the 308 but I really hope they do. However, most likely, the automaker will upgrade the vehicle’s infotainment system to feature a large display screen. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as MirrorLink will all be offered as standard functions. There are reports that the vehicle will come with an upgraded sat nav system that features upgraded graphics.
The model is rated highly in terms of safety with both the EuroNCAP and ANCAP giving the model 5-star ratings. I hope the new model is even better. According to insider sources, the 2018 Peugeot 308 will feature active safety systems similar to those used on the 3008. These systems will include Active Lane Departure, Active Safety Brake and an adaptive cruise control that has a stop function among others.
Engine and performance
The engines that will power the new 308 are a mystery as of this writing. However, Peugeot is likely to improve the current lineup of turbocharged 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel mills. For the European market more interesting diesel aggregates will be offered in versions from 130 hp BlueHDi 130 S & S, and more powerful 180 hp BlueHDi 180 S & S. All engines meet the Euro 6 standards on emissions.
However, diesel mills will not be offered in the U.S. market.
The U.S. market will likely feature an upgraded GTi version of the THP S&S petrol mill that will be revised to produce around 270 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. The engines will be paired with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to control pollution. The engines will also use a new 8-speed automatic transmission system to send the juice to the wheels.
Price and release date
Credible information from Peugeot insiders reveals that the automaker plans to deliver the 308 to dealerships starting from September this year. There are no official prices of the model as of now but rumor has it that the car will have a starting price of £19,000 ($24,000) with the range-toping variant fetching around £28,000 ($35,500).
The 2018 Peugeot 308 main rivals are the Ford Focus, Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf.