As it settles into middle-age, the Peugeot 308 hatchback is in store for a mild styling update. Peugeot has yet to officially confirm timing of the refreshed 308’s arrival, but images leaked onto the internet offer us our first good look at what to expect of France’s classy hatchback..
But the hatch’s styling changes aren’t obvious at first glance.
A new front bumper graces a slight nose-job, giving Peugeot’s Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus rival a stronger front-end appearance and closer aligns the 308 to its more expensive GT version. The more-aggressive bumper plastics are also mated with larger air intakes, a recontoured bonnet and a new set of fog lamp housings.
From the rear, the dark images reveal minor tweaks to the back taillights, while the interior seems to be much the same. Strangely it doesn’t look like the new 308 will be getting the i-Cockpit electronic instrument panel featured in the new 3008 SUV.
At this stage, they’re the only visible changes we can discern. Even the wheels look to be carryover, being virtually identical in design to the 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloys of the current 308 GT.
We can also expect to see some styling changes applied to the GTi variant, although details of this are yet to be confirmed.
If this is in fact the new 308, which is yet to be confirmed by the automaker, it comes after Peugeot Australia announced it would be downsizing the 308 range late last year by more than half, from 17 models to just six.
Given the leak, we’re likely to receive more information on the changes to Peugeot’s 308 in the coming months, including full details of the facelift and any changes to the car’s mechanical package.