The competition in the European compact segment is as heated as a scorching Sahara summer day, so it’s only natural that French automaker Peugeot has prepared a refresh for the 308 player.
The rivals have been sporting all-new (Renault Megane) or equally upgraded attire (VW Golf, Skoda Octavia) so the 308 has its work cut out when it comes out of hiding with the new clothes on. This is because it first needs to come out officially to play – as these official images have been “accidentally” leaked. As far as we can tell, this is no case of revolutionary changes – this mild facelift brings only subtle tweaks, with the easiest to spot modifications being at the front. The fascia has been tweaked with a different shape for the grille and a different mesh, while the headlights have a changed LED daytime running light strip going for a more modern continuous design. The bumper has also gone through some changes, gaining larger side vents and different fog lights.
The back is an even more subtle affair – as the only thing we noticed are the slightly different taillight graphics, though the bumper might have undergone a refresh too that’s obscured by the poor quality of the images. As far as the cabin is concerned, the most noticeable difference is actually the continued use of the first generation i-Cockpit instead of the expected arrival of the second generation premiered on the 3008. No technical details have been leaked though, so we have no guess if there are new implementations – the rumor mill is talking about a new turbodiesel 1.5-liter BlueHDI with 100 and 120 horsepower versions.