Yesterday, Volkswagen announced that the seventh generation Golf will be unveiled on September 4th. In response to that announcement, the Golf’s biggest competitor, the Peugeot 308, has launched itself back onto the testing grounds for another round.
The next 308 was initially rumored to be called 301, but it looks like Peugeot has decided to keep the original name after all. The next 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, and has been promised to be both lighter and more agile than the current generation.
The Peugeot 308 will be offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including some shared with Citroen and some borrowed from the new 208, as well as a diesel hybrid version offered for the first time. Peugeot’s new three-cylinder family engines will also find their way under the bonnet of the next 308.
As for its design language, expect to see a mixture of the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308. Its official debut will be made sometime in 2013.
Even though it is not slated to come to the U.S., nor are any Peugeots, we have kept a watchful eye on the new Peugeot 301 four-door hatchback. Behind the scenes and obviously out of our prying eyes’ range, Peugeot has been working on a different version of the 301, a sedan, or saloon for you U.K. folks.
Yup, this new 301 looks just like the 301 hatchback that we have seen frolicking around, but has the hatch hacked off and a trunk put in its place. This new 301, which is set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, is positioned in the automaker’s developing market lineup – Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Middle East, Gulf and African States, and certain Latin America markets.
Even though its release is not scheduled for a few more months, Peugeot has decided to give us a sneak peak at this new model and a short press release to let us now about some of its key features.
UPDATE 07/23/12: French automaker Peugeot has just come out with a fresh batch of photos for the 301 Sedan. Check out the car in action on the road in the gallery!
Click past the jump to rear our full review on the upcoming Peugeot 301 Sedan.
Peugeot is ready to leave the current generation 308 out in the cold, with a new model ready to jump in its place. Logic and previous history will tell us that the new model will be called 309, but back in 1993, Peugeot was selling a car in Europe by that name and that turned out to be a "not so successful car." Not to have that negative air to surround their new model, Peugeot has decided to name their new model the 301. We’ve already gotten our first glimpse of the new 308 back in November 2011, and now the vehicle is out again, this time for its cold weather testing somewhere in Sweden.
The Peugeot 301 will be built on a new platform shared with the Citroen C4 and DS4. Compared to the model it replaces, it will be shorter as well as wider and will be lighter and more agile than the new 208.
The 301’s engine line-up will also be shared with the Citroen models and includes a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines, as well as a diesel hybrid. Peugeot will also be adding engines from the new three-cylinder family under the short bonnet.
As for the exterior design, it is believed it will be a mixture between the 208 and the SR1 Concept.
Expect to see the new Peugeot 301 launched sometime in 2013.
Peugeot is preparing to put to an end their small 308 hatchback and they are already working on the car’s successor. Logic and previous history will tell us that the new model will be called 309, but back in 1993, Peugeot was selling a car in Europe by that name and that turned out to be a "not so successful car." Not to have that negative air to surround their new model, Peugeot has decided to name their new model the "301."
The upcoming 301 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, meaning that, compared to the 308, it will be slightly shorter but also wider. Peugeot will also work on making the car both lighter and more agile. Engines will be shared with the Citroen model as well as some new ones from the 208, meaning a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 68 to 110 HP. The new 301 will also offer a diesel hybrid version and some engines from the new three-cylinder family.
As for its exterior appearance, the model will combine design elements from the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308.
The Peugeot 301 will be revealed in 2013 as a competitor for the Volkswagen Golf.
Updated 01/27/2012: The upcoming Peugeot 301 has been caught testing once again, this time in winter conditions.
Updated 08/29/2012: The next generation Peugeot 308 (previously rumored to be called 301) has been taken out for another testing session. This time the spy shots are revealing the real deal!