Thursday, 5 July 2012

Peugeot 308 gets a facelift

KUALA LUMPUR: The Peugeot 308 line-up is refreshed with an array of new features while incorporating the brand’s new design DNA. 

The new 308 VTi and 308 Turbo sport an improved look with a “floating grille” concept that is also available on the 508 and new LED day-time running lights which gives the new 308 a unique visual signature.

A panoramic roof is now available on both variants. 

Peugeot 308 Turbo.

Other premium offers include automatic dual-zone air-conditioning with rear blowers, cruise control with speed limiter, World-In-Peugeot Sound system with six-speakers, USB and Bluetooth connectivity enabling hands free usage and music on the go, one-touch electric windows with anti-pinch safety feature and a height and reach adjustable steering.

In addition, the new 308 Turbo features a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with an aluminum ring, aluminum pedals and scuff plate as well as sporty white instrument dials with a piano black finish centre fascia. The 308 Turbo is also fitted with an original 308 GTi rear spoiler.

Other features included on both variants are auto headlights, “Follow Me Home” functionality, front and rear fog lights, automated front windscreen wipers, electric folding mirrors and a sporty rear diffuser. 
Peugeot 308 VTi.

The 308 Turbo is powered by a twin-scroll turbo high pressure four-cylinder variable valve timing engine that produces 156bhp and 240Nm of torque and fitted with a six-speed auto adaptive gearbox with Tiptronic and sport mode. 

The 308 VTi is fitted with a four-cylinder dual variable valve timing injection engine which produces 120bhp and 160Nm of torque, paired to an auto adaptive gearbox with Tiptronic and Sport mode.

The two variants feature independent MacPherson-type struts and deformable U-shaped cross member suspension setup combined with anti-roll bars for better handling and driving experience.

The 308 VTi now also comes equipped with “Santiaguito” 16-inch alloy wheels while the 308 Turbo is fitted with newly designed “Melbourne” 17-inch alloy wheels. 

Safety features for both variants include two front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, anti-whiplash front seats with active head restraints, ABS, EBD, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and two ISOFIX points at the rear. 

The 308 Turbo comes with two curtain airbags, ESP and DSC.

The 308 entered Malaysia in January 2009. Since then, distributor Nasim Sdn Bhd has sold nearly 5,000 units to date. As of end-May, the 308 holds a 42% market share among European C-segment hatchbacks in Malaysia.

“As at end-June, we have sold 700 units of the 308 this year. With the new 308, we are confident of selling 150 units a month,” said Nasim COO Datuk Samson Anand George.

The 308 VTi retails at RM102,888 while the 308 Turbo is RM121,888, both RM3,000 over their predecessors. 

Both cars come with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.

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