The French automaker Peugeot, which just won the coveted World Car of the Year award for its new Peugeot 308, has publicly unveiled at the Geneva auto show the family model – the 308 SW estate version.
PSA Peugeot Citroen has been in the news lately more for its planned capital hike of 3 billion euros that would see China’s Dongfeng and the French take matching 14% stakes, rather than new models.
And, since an automaker’s business is to make cars, besides cash deals, the news that the new 308 model won a coveted award is a massive image booster – and one that Peugeot actually desperately needs.
Going back to the new 308 SW model, the estate is nicely styled, taking into a good direction the new design language. More importantly, the exterior styling has not compromised versatility, with the French saying its trunk is among the biggest in the class – at 610 liters (it’s bested by the Honda Civic Tourer with 624 liters and on par with Skoda Octavia Combi).
The car is built on the same EMP2 architecture as the 308 hatchback and it’s a good 140 kg lighter than the outgoing 308 SW. Naturally, all the engines are carried over from the five-door hatch, including the very power-efficient BlueHDi version that boasts CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km.