The new Peugeot 308 SW 2022 has been presented in society. The new generation of the Peugeot compact family car is already a reality and brings with it very important new features. More practical and safer than ever, it is finally betting on electrification with two important plug-in hybrid variants.
The wait is over. The third generation of the Peugeot 308 SW is already a reality and it is here. Shortly after meeting the new Peugeot 308 with a five-door hatchback body, the time has come for the most practical and familiar alternative that we can find in the offer. A model that adapts to the new times. Times in which electrification, connectivity, and automation are protagonists.
Compared to the outgoing model the changes are numerous. The 308 SW adopts the new Peugeot design language and benefits from the latest technological advances developed by the French brand. It is a set-up that will mark the commercial evolution of one of the most relevant compact family cars that we can find in Europe. Let’s break down all the keys.
On an aesthetic level, concerning the outgoing model, the changes are very radical. The new generation 308 SW looks more dynamic, elegant, and modern. The design language that Peugeot is applying to its new models and that we have already seen in the new 308 is decisive in this regard. The look is not surprising since it is the same as the five-door model.
It is in the side view and in the rear where we must focus all our attention. Both sides are where the new 308 SW brings out its personality. The side window frame design has a greater drop than the roof. At the rear, the Full LED lights with a slim design and horizontal arrangement stand out. Throughout the creation process, we have sought to optimize the airflow to obtain a better aerodynamic penetration.
There are also numerous options in terms of customization. The bodywork of the new 308 SW is available in seven colors: Avatar Blue, Elixir Red, Pearl White, Banquise White, Artense Gray, Platinum Gray, and Nera Pearl Black. In addition, we have a selection of wheel designs ranging in size from 16 to 18 inches. And as is obvious, it brings with it the new Peugeot logo.
Peugeot 308 SW Interior
Leaving aside the exterior, if we venture inside we will be enveloped by an environment in which warmth and comfort are breathed. We must start from the premise that the new 308 SW is built on an extended version of the EMP2 platform, which translates into a gain in space for both the rear seat occupants and the trunk. In addition, and as we will analyze later in this article, the use of this architecture has made it possible to bet on electrification.
The new i-Cockpit takes center stage. We have a compact design steering wheel and behind it a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. In the center console, there is a touch screen that reaches 10 inches and acts as a “nerve center” to operate the new infotainment system. The level of connectivity has also been increased, being able to make use of different online digital services as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Regarding the outgoing model, the technological endowment has been increased as it could not be otherwise. Some details of this equipment are the wireless charger for compatible mobile phones, USB type C connections, and the new Drive-Assist 2.0 pack composed of new and advanced driving assistance systems. Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, Lane Keeping Assist, semi-automatic lane change, early speed recommendation, and speed adaptation when cornering.
Regarding the mechanical section, there are no surprises either. The new generation of the 308 SW is presented in partnership with a mechanical offering that follows in the wake of the five-door model. It will be possible to opt for gasoline and diesel engines, as well as two plug-in hybrid variants. Let’s go into detail.
The gasoline offer goes through a selection of two 1.2-liter, three-cylinder PureTech engines whose outputs are respectively 110 hp and 130 hp. In diesel, a 130 hp 1.5-liter BlueHDi engine is available. Depending on the chosen engine we will find a six-speed manual gearbox or the possibility of opting for an eight-speed automatic transmission. By the way, all engines are front-wheel drive.
For lovers of electrification and sustainable mobility, two plug-in hybrid variants have been introduced. A basic called Hybrid 180 e-EAT8 and a superior Hybrid 225 e-EAT8. In the best of cases, the electric range reaches 60 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. The key component is a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Launch and production of the new Peugeot 308 SW
The first units of the new 308 SW will be delivered to their respective owners at the beginning of the next year 2022. The production process will take place in the facilities that Stellantis has in Mulhouse (France). The brand anticipates that, depending on the market, it will be possible to carry out the online purchase process through the website. Spain is one of the countries where it can be purchased online.
In the Peugeot range, the new 308 SW is called upon to play a leading role as it must compete with such important models as the SEAT León Sportstourer and the Ford Focus Sportbreak. In addition, its electrified mechanics will allow it to position itself as an attractive alternative to the best plug-in hybrid SUVs in the C segment.