The French automaker has officially presented earlier this month the updated 308 compact in hatchback and wagon form, but left out some of its versions, including the mildly hot GTI.
As it turns out, somebody spilled the beans “unintentionally” at the brand’s Spanish unit when a revealing image of the facelifted hot hatch was posted on the Twitter feed – quickly taken down afterwards but not before doing the rounds on the Internet. There should be no surprise that modifications to the exterior design are just as mild as they were on the regular hatchback, so you’ll need some time before spotting the exact changes. The breakdown is simple – the front fascia comes with a new design for the upper and lower grilles, with the modified air vents also gaining a larger chrome trim. A novelty is the blue and black color mix – this pattern has recently been offered on the 3008 GT for example, and is making its debut on the 308.
The mid-cycle refresh should also come with discrete modifications of the rear, with new LED taillights and maybe a slight alteration of the back bumper as well. The regular 308 did get a fair share of novelties in terms of powertrains – so it should come as no surprise if the same will be with the GTI. According to the rumor mill, the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline packing on the current installment 270 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 243 pound-feet (330 Newton-meters) of torque will be tuned to as much as 290 hp (216 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).