Peugeot have released the first photographs of their new 308 hatchback, which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. From the outside the new 308 bears little resemblance to its predecessor, featuring a prominent grill and sleek lines, giving it a more mature look than the typical playful Peugeot style.
Inside, the 308 has been revised to feature the Peugeot i-Cockpit interior, which opts for a minimalist design complete with compact steering wheel, elevated instrument panel (for easy reading) and a 9.7 inch touchscreen that controls the car’s added gadgets.
Built on the new Efficient Modular Platform 2, the 308 is 140kg lighter than the outgoing model, and comes with the option of a green 1.6 litre HDi engine that boasts emissions of just 93g/km. An even more economic model – featuring BlueHDi technology – is set to be available from Spring 2014, and is reported to offer emissions as low as 85g/km.
Even more of a departure from the outgoing model however, is the 308 R concept; a stark, performance enhanced re-imagining of the family hatchback. With the same high-performance 1.6 litre, 270bhp engine that powers the RCZ R, a low slung body and two tone body kit, the 308 R is sign of Peugeot’s intent to produce cars with serious performance ability.
The new Peugeot 308 will be available in the UK from January 2014, while both will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year.