Meet the brand new Peugeot 308 image

The French based automaker Peugeot has recently unveiled the second generation of the 308, which should help the company move upmarket.

Peugeot has managed to change the platform, the exterior looks, the size, the cabin, the technology and more things on the new generation of the 308, except for the name. The 2014 Peugeot 308 was initially expected to hit the market as the 309, but it seems that the carmaker had other plans for it. The model in question is riding on the new EMP2 platform, engineered by PSA, which will also be used on future C- and D-segment cars coming from either Peugeot or Citroen.

The new Peugeot 308 is 4.25 meters long and 1.46 meters tall, being slightly shorter and lower than the outgoing version of the C-segment hatchback, but the room inside has increased and the trunk has a 470-liter capacity. The new Peugeot 308 is 140 kg lighter than the model it’s replacing and the cabin has been fitted with a heads-up instrument and a compact steering wheel, which seem to have been inspired by its smaller brother, the 208. A 9.7-inch touch screen has been added to the interior, along with a new dashboard with less buttons and high quality materials.

The 2014 Peugeot 308 is also coming with improved CO2 emissions and they can be as low as 85 g/km on the most economical variants. The new generation of the Peugeot 308 will be produced in France, at the Sochaux facility, and it will be officially presented to the public during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. The model will go on sale in late 2013 on the Old Continent and it will arrive in the UK, in right-hand drive, in January, 2014. An estate version will follow it, next year.