Test mule reveals 308's high roofline
New 308 thought to be built around the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS5
It's likely to be another 12 months before the new 308 reaches showrooms
A diesel-electric version is expected alongside regular petrol and diesel models
Weight saving techniques used on Peugeot 208 expected to be appplied to 308
This is the new Peugeot 308, the company’s all-important competitor in Europe’s vital C-segment hatchback market.
The new model, thought to be at least 12 months from the showroom, is badly needed by the French car maker, which is suffering huge losses as the European car market continues to collapse.
The new 308 is expected to be based on the same platform as the Citroën C4 and DS5, although it may benefit from some of the weight-saving techniques applied to the Peugeot 208. Like the car it is replacing, the new hatch retains a high roofline and deep body sides to give it a hint of mini-MPV styling.
Conventional petrol and diesel powerplants will be offered along with Peugeot’s Hybrid4 diesel-electric system.