Friday, March 1, 2013

Next-gen Peugeot 308 to bow in Frankfurt

The second generation of the Peugeot 308 will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next September, a new report coming out of France indicates.

The second-gen 308 will ride on PSA's new EMP2 modular platform.  Precisely what it will look like is not currently known but its rear end will be more upright than the current model, and its front end will adopt the floating grille that is already found on the smaller 208 hatchback and the range-topping 508 sedan.

Inside, the 308 will be considerably more tech-focused than the current model.  Expect a touch screen-based infotainment system, an electronic parking brake and adaptive cruise control to come standard on most trim levels.

The 308 will be offered with Peugeot's new downsized 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline-burning mill, as well as several diesel-electric hybrid units, in an effort to earn a coveted spot as one of the most efficient cars in its class.  Early rumors claimed that Peugeot was preparing a new dual-clutch automatic transmission for the car, but France's Automobile Magazine has learned that the unit will not be ready in time and will be replaced by a standard six-speed automatic gearbox.

After greeting the show-going public in Frankfurt, the second-gen 308 will land in showrooms across Europe and in China in early 2014.

More details about Peugeot's second-generation 308 will be available in the weeks leading up to its debut in Germany.

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