If you take a closer look at the rear windows of the prototype in the photo gallery, you will also notice stickers that confirm plug-in hybrid propulsion. In addition to e-AWD, the French Lion also offers a front-driven PHEV with 222 horsepower as opposed to 296 horsepower. If these figures sound familiar, that’s because the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland X are offered with these eco-friendly options.
There have been rumors about a full-electric version, but don’t hold your breath for the impossible. The EMP2 on which the compact hatchback is based isn’t compatible with complete electrification, and the eVMP platform will arrive in 2023, two years after the 308 enters production.
As for standalone gasoline and diesel engines, Peugeot isn’t going to pull the plug on them just yet. The automaker currently ranks high on the list of Europe’s greenest automakers in terms of CO2 emissions, and the 2021 fleet-wide average target of 95 grams isn’t wishful thinking for the French manufacturer thanks to downsized mills and electric variants such as the e-208 subcompact hatchback and the e-2008 subcompact crossover.
Spied in Spain showing near-production body panels under the camouflage, the 308 adopts the LED daytime running lights that we know and love from the 208 and 2008 in addition to the mid-cycle updates for the 3008 and 5008. The footprint appears to be similar to the outgoing model, and at the rear, the prototype is also equipped with a tow ball that should come in handy if you’re into caravanning. As a brief refresher, the outgoing model is capable of towing 1,500 kilograms (3,307 pounds).
Oh, and by the way, the station wagon will soldier on to keep families happy.