Tuesday, April 20

plug-in hybrid versions with the new i-Cockpit and a voice assistant

She is there and she is going to make people talk. The new Peugeot 308 interests us in more than one way: it now exists in plug-in hybrid versions. In addition, Peugeot has upgraded the i-Cockpit interior with a new screen and a voice assistant. The interfaces are now much more customizable.

Here is the new Peugeot 308. Peugeot has finally made the decision to move away from the Volkswagen Golf to create a completely redesigned model that brings the new logo recently presented.

A brand new design

This new Peugeot 308 is 4.367 meters long, 1.852 meters wide (mirrors folded) and a total wheelbase of 2.675 meters. It is therefore wider than the previous 308, you will have more space at the back. The trunk offers a volume of 412 liters which rises to 1,323 liters by folding the rear seat backrests.

The design of this new generation is completely new, the lines are more marked and the new 308 appears more energetic than in the past thanks to the mudguards, the wheel arches and the hood much more pronounced.

Peugeot has studied aerodynamics very carefully to maximize its efficiency. In particular, the rear has been designed from the air passage points. The headlights feature LED technology from the basic configuration.

At the front, there are also lights with the three claws. On the GT and GT Pack versions, the Full LED headlights are even thinner and adopt Peugeot Matrix LED technology.

New i-Cockpit and a little more driving assistance

Inside, the 308 is the first Peugeot to adopt the new iCockpit. You can now enjoy a 10-inch screen as a dashboard from the Active Pack version. But it is on the GT version that the dashboard has a three-dimensional display and can be personalized through different display modes.

We can see the third screen below the infotainment screen

We can see the third screen below the infotainment screen

The infotainment has a central 10-inch screen, still compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These functions mirroring are now wireless and it is possible to connect two Bluetooth phones at the same time. At the top of the screen, a permanent banner displays information on the outside temperature, the air conditioning, the position in the widget pages, the connectivity data, the notifications and the time.

In addition, from the configuration Allure, the climate controls are now tactile and not physical. We therefore end up with a third screen that works in the form of shortcuts (virtual i-toggles): you can leave the basic configuration, but you can also configure a shortcut to return home, call someone … each virtual button can be changed.

Virtual i-toggles on the second screen at the bottom.  On the main screen, we see the widgets that can be personalized.

Virtual i-toggles on the second screen at the bottom. On the main screen, we see the widgets that can be personalized.

Peugeot has also integrated an “OK Peugeot” voice assistant. The assistant nevertheless seems designed around infotainment, radio, telephone or even driving aids. We also noted the presence of two USB-C sockets and storage of about 34 liters.

The new Drive Assist 2.0 pack will be available at the end of the year, it includes adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function (with the EAT8 automatic transmission), Lane Keeping Assist (help to keep the car on track ), semi-automatic lane change, advance speed recommendation and curve speed adaptation.

While standard you will find all of the most common driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

PHEV options (plug-in hybrid hybrids)

The Peugeot 308 will be available in its classic endothermic versions (petrol and diesel).

But what interests us is the presence of several PEHV models. These plug-in hybrid models are the Hybrid 180 e-EAT8 with a 180 hp (132 kW) powertrain and the 225 hp (162 kW) Hybrid 225 e-EAT8. In both cases, they will be equipped with a 12.4 kWh battery which allows an electric range of up to 60 km according to the WLTP cycle (59 km on the 225 e-EAT8). The battery can be recharged to 3.7 kW, which is a relatively slow charge. However, among the accessories, the 7.4 kW single-phase charger should reduce load.

Produced in Mulhouse, the new Peugeot 308 will begin marketing in the second half of 2021. The price is not yet known.

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