The new-generation Peugeot 308 hatchback has been spied within days of its March 2021 reveal.
Looking showroom-ready with trimmings including a new badge, the 2022 308's face follows the French carmaker's new design language as seen on the latest 208, 2008 and facelifted 3008, which includes the frameless grille and fang-like daytime running light signature.
UPDATE, March 18: Peugeot has now revealed its new-generation 308 hatch, with the brand's new logo taking pride of place. See the story here.
While obscured, its sweptback roof appears to have a steeper angle than its predecessor.
Inside, it looks as though it has retained Peugeot's funky i-Cockpit dashboard arrangement with small steering wheel and high-set instruments.
It's expected the Mk3 308 is riding on an updated version of the EMP2 platform, which has been modified to accept electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions down the track.
The PHEV powertrains are of particular interest as they're set to include a hot hatch version under Peugeot's new PSE performance arm. Rear-axle electric motors boost power beyond 220kW.
As reported by MOTOR, the company has already put a toe in the water with the potent 265kW/520Nm Euro-market Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered sedans and wagons. Those variants feature a 147kW 1.6-litre turbo engine augmented by an 11.5kWh lithium-ion battery and twin electric motors with 81kW on the front axle and 83kW at the rear.
All-wheel drive grip endows this model with a punchy 5.2sec 0-100km/h capability.
The rollout of PSE versions is slated to feature one new launch per calendar year, starting with this next-gen 308 hatch.