French Focus rival gets new look and BMW-developed engines; here this autumn
5 June 2007

Peugeot has today released the first official pictures of its redesigned Focus rival, the 308.There are no radical styling departures on Peugeot’s new hatch – it looks just as you’d expect on the outside. Among the more noticeable updates is the 207's pronounced nose design, which has been transposed and accentuated for the 308. Peugeot's now familiar wide-mouth grille has also been applied, as has a bustle rear end which seems to take inspiration from the Renault Megane.In the cabin, Peugeot has made even bigger strides. The 308 has a smart new dash with five round, Audi TT-style air vents and new heating and ventilation controls. Expect it to look and feel better-quality than the 307's cabin, too.Engines for the 308 will include the new 1.6-litre normally aspirated and turbocharged petrols co-developed with BMW and used in the Mini, plus the 1.6-litre diesel used in the Mini Cooper D. Engine stop-start technology is likely to be offered on most models. The Peugeot 308 will go on sale in the UK this autumn. It will be manufactured in France, jointly at PSA's factories in Sochaux and Mulhouse. It'll be available in three- and five-door body styles.

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