Digital dashboards have come a long way. From the green-glow, pixelated displays from the '80s, the modern digital dash has become more personalized and adjustable. With the technology now much more accessible and affordable, we're seeing more automakers putting this piece of kit in their cars.
Not one to be left behind by trends, Peugeot has begun putting in digital instrument clusters in their models. It started with the more expensive models, namely the second-generation 508, the seven-seat 5008, and 3008. Now it's trickling down to their smaller vehicles, namely the 308 hatchback and 308 SW (station wagon).
So how did Peugeot digitize the cluster of their 308? The binnacle is still the same but they simply chucked out all of the car's analog dials. It still follows their principle of the i-Cockpit design which sees the cluster above the steering wheel and straight into the line of sight of the driver. But to give it an analog look, Peugeot projected a metallic finish on the 'dials'.
Like the ones seen in the 3008 and 5008, this digital cluster can be personalized to the driver's preference. It can be rearranged to show speed as the priority, or revs, or even navigation. With this upgrade, the 308 is now on par with most of its European rivals in the same segment.
Will we be seeing this upgrade to the local 308 hatchback and wagon? It appears that it won't be the case. Looking at the local Peugeot website, both body styles of the 308 are no longer offered locally. Perhaps this explains why we don't see the facelifted 308 on our roads either. Still, it would be nice to see the 308 back in local showrooms as an alternative to the predominantly Japanese C-segment market.