Peugeot has launched the new generation 308 hatchback in the hybrid avatar in the UK market in June 2021, and dealers are to receive the first vehicles in December. The station wagon will be available in showrooms from early 2022.
Both the body styles of the 2021 Peugeot 308 Hybrid are available with two hybrid powertrain options – Hybrid 180 e-EAT8 and Hybrid 225 e-EAT8. Both these variants get a common 1.6-liter petrol engine assisted with 81 kW electric motor and 12.4 kWh electric battery, and a common 8-speed automatic transmission.
In the Hybrid 180 e-EAT8, the powertrain makes 180 hp, combining a 150 hp (110 kW) engine and an 81 kW electric motor. On the other hand, the Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 variant promises a combined power output of 225 hp from a 180 hp (132 kW) engine and an 81 kW electric motor. In the WLTP cycle, both variants can drive up to 39 miles (62.8 km) in pure electric mode, with their CO2 emissions rated at 25 g/km.
The 2021 Peugeot 308 Hybrid hatchback has been made available in four different variants – Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium.
Allure – This variant comes with features such as chrome front grille, 17-inch ‘Calgary’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, front seats with ‘Falgo’ Tri-Material with ‘Isabella’ leather effect and mint stitching, 3D navigation with live traffic updates, i-Connect voice-operated assistant, Visio Park 1 with 180-degree reverse camera and active safety brake technology with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Allure Premium – It rides on 17-inch ‘Halong’ diamond-cut alloy wheels. It adds a few more features like wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging and drive assist pack, including rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go function.
GT – The GT comes with more additional features like dark chrome highlights on the front grille, front and side body sills, matrix LED headlamps, ‘claw effect’ LED tail lamps, 18-inch ‘Kamakura’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, clean cabin technology with air purifier, 3D i-Cockpit with configurable modes in head-up instrument console, heated leather steering wheel with Adamite green stitching and seats with ‘Fraxx knit’ Tri-material Alcantara with ‘Isabella’ leather effect.
GT Premium – The top-spec variant gets few more goodies over the GT, like 18-inch ‘Portland’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, premium HiFi 10HP sound system with four tweeters, two woofers, and one central speaker with sub-woofer, AGR-certified driver’s seat with massage function, heated front seats and drive assist pack plus, which includes semi-autonomous lane positioning assist and Visio Park 3 with 360-degree HD camera and semi-autonomous parking assistance.
The Peugeot 308 Hybrid has already gone on sale in its hatchback avatar, and here are the prices:
|Peugeot 308 Hybrid variants||Prices|
|Allure Hybrid 180 e-EAT8||GBP 33,000|
|Allure Premium Hybrid 180 e-EAT8||GBP 33,900|
|GT Hybrid 180 e-EAT8||GBP 35,800|
|GT Hybrid 225 e-EAT8||GBP 37,200|
|GT Premium Hybrid 180 e-EAT8||GBP 37,400|
|GT Premium Hybrid 225 e-EAT8||GBP 38,800|
All the hybrid variants of the Peugeot 308 are equipped with a 3.7 kW on-board charger as standard, with which one can fully charge the battery in 3 hours and 50 minutes. However, one can opt for a 7.4 kW charger, which can fully charge the battery in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Peugeot’s electrification strategy
With the launch of the new plug-in hybrid variants of the 308 hatchback and estate, Peugeot will have 70 per cent of its range electrified by the end of 2021. Peugeot is eyeing electrifying 85 per cent of its range by 2023 and 100 per cent by 2025, including commercial vehicles.
Peugeot is expanding its portfolio with fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars under its parent company Stellantis’ ‘Power of Choice’ strategy, under which multi-energy platforms are used for all kinds of powertrain options – be it electric, hybrid or IC engines.
The ‘Power of Choice’ strategy has so far turned out to be fruitful in the European markets. We are now taking this strategy further to other international markets, where electrification of vehicles is gaining traction. We aim to be the leaders in progress in the direction of electrification in all the markets where we do have presence.Linda Jackson, CEO, Peugeot
Currently, the electrified range of Peugeot in the UK includes fully electric models like e-2008, e-208, e-Rifter and e-Traveller as well as plug-in hybrid variants of 3008 SUV and both saloon and station wagon versions of 508. The range of plug-in hybrids expands with the hatchback and station wagon versions of the 308.
Peugeot 308 FAQs
What are the prices of Peugeot 308 Hybrid?
The 308 Hybrid Hatchback has been launched in the price range of GBP 33,000 to GBP 38,800.
What are the key rivals of Peugeot 308 Hybrid?
The 308 Hybrid takes on cars like Ford Kuga Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In and Volkswagen Golf eHybrid.
What is the pure electric driving range of the 308 Hybrid?
In pure EV mode, the 308 Hybrid can drive up to 39 miles (62.8 km).
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