2014's European Car of the Year gets a major technical update this year. Peugeot has pulled the covers off the 308 and gets a refreshed look, as well as new engines joining the range and a new transmission. These changes are to be seen in the 2018 model year for both hatchback and SW (station wagon) models.
The new powertrains comprise of a heavily revised 1.2-liter Puretech three-cylinder turbo engine and the new BlueHDi 130 S&S turbodiesel. The Puretech engine added more emission control systems but has retained the 130 PS output from the current model. As for the BlueHDi 130 S&S, Peugeot says this updated 308 is the first PSA group model to get this engine. It features a patented combustion chamber design which Peugeot says has been proven under competition conditions in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The update also welcomes a new transmission for the BlueHDi 180 S&S turbodiesel engine. The E-AT6 has now been replaced by an Aisin-developed eight-speed automatic the automaker calls E-AT8.
To keep the 308's design fresh, Peugeot made subtle changes to its exterior. At the front, the hood has been re-sculpted and gets new grill designs, depending on the variant chosen. The LED headlights also get a minor tweak, incorporating more angular projectors. Meanwhile, the front bumpers have been redesigned with more defined corners and new foglight housings. Peugeot also made the lower air intakes larger for more flow into the engine. As for the rear, it gets a more up to date interpretation of the “three-claw” light signature from the current model.
At the moment, Peugeot has yet to reveal the interior changes made to the 2018 308. However, they did say that the i-Cockpit of the revamped model includes Mirror Screen. This system duplicates the smartphone's display on the vehicle touchscreen. Peugeot adds that this is a triple-play system, compatible with Mirrorlink, Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Another addition is the new rapid-response 3D satellite navigation system with voice control.