Known internally under the code name P52, the third generation of the Peugeot 308 SW will be more dynamic than its rival, the Volkswagen Golf 8 SW. Before its presentation in autumn 2021 and its launch in spring 2021, we are providing you with the first information in preview.
After the 208 and 2008, Peugeot is continuing to renew its range. In 2021, it will be the turn of the 308 (P51) sedan, which will make its world premiere in spring 2021 and will arrive in dealerships the following fall. On this date, the manufacturer will lift the veil on the break version, the Peugeot 308 SW 2021. A body which, for a time, was questioned by Peugeot management. The reason? The new 3008 (P64) which will be more family-friendly than the current model, restyled in October 2020.
In the end, the firm kept this project on the program, probably because the new 308 sedans will focus more on its sporty aesthetic. A dynamism that will be characterized by a long hood and a rear cabin to the detriment of accessibility and roominess in the rear seats which were not already the strong point of the 308 II.
Therefore, the 308 SW III justifies its place in the range since its larger wheelbase (2.73 against 2.62 m for the sedan) offers more space in the second row. Not to mention the higher cargo volume. The latter could however lose a few liters by changing generation. Like the 508 SW, the 308 station wagon will have a less cubic and more inclined stern which will differentiate it from the new Golf 8 SW, expected for the end of 2020. On the other hand, the French will follow the example of the German with digital instrumentation (3D as on the 208) and a large central touch screen.
Light hybridization on gasoline
Technically, the 308 SW will host the evolution of the EMP2 platform in terms of electronic architecture that will be compatible with new driving aids. Under the hood, no revolution… or almost. In essence, the range will be based on the 1.2 PureTech, available in three powers (100, 130, and 155 hp). To solve its reliability problems, this engine will swap its timing belt for a chain.
Also, to reduce fuel consumption, a 48V lightweight hybridization system will be fitted to the manual transmission versions. The mild-hybrid will also be topical in automation, but with another technology. From 2021, the EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission will give way (except on diesel) to an electrified e-DCT double-clutch gearbox, the result of the joint venture with Punch Powertrain, and manufactured in Metz at PSA. In diesel, exit the 2.0 BlueHDi. The French will only rely on the 1.5 BlueHDi of 100 and 130 hp.
Peugeot 308 SW 2021 plug-in hybrid
The discontinuation of 2.0 diesel will be offset by a new variant of the plug-in hybrid architecture. It will still be based on the 1.6 PureTech associated with an electric motor housed in the EAT8 automatic gearbox, but the cumulative power will drop to 150 hp. The call price will be more competitive, in particular by using a smaller battery.
At the top of the range, the 308 range will be able to count on the plug-in hybrid version of 225 hp which already equips the 508 SW and soon the 3008. As for a 100% electric version, the project was for a while understudy but the boss of PSA, Carlos Tavares, has ruled: not profitable. On the other hand, the future 3008 will be available in electric in 2023.
Sedan, station wagon … the 308 range will also include a third body in 2021 which will take the form of a crossover (a sort of raised notchback sedan like a Polestar 2) Known as code P54. A model with a global vocation which will also be marketed in China and the United States.