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June 1, 2017

Peugeot adds ADAS and infotainment on refreshed 308

Peugeot has given the 308 a mid-cycle refresh that adds to equipment levels, particularly in infotainment and the provision of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

By David Leggett

Peugeot has given the 308 a mid-cycle refresh that adds to equipment levels, particularly in infotainment and the provision of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Peugeot says the latest 308 (UK market launch in September) is the most connected and safest yet with a range of technology and styling enhancements for the 2018 model year.

In a class driven by connectivity, new 308 customers benefit from a 9.7″ capacitive touchscreen which puts the key functions of the interior safely at the fingertips of the driver. From dual zone climate control to 3D Connected Navigation with TomTom Live updates. The new infotainment system incorporates Mirror Screen, comprising Mirrolink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, allowing “the seamless integration of smartphone functions with the interface, ensuring drivers safely access functions as required”.

Peugeot has taken the opportunity of the 308 refresh to add driver aids already introduced on its 3008 model. The latest 308 will offer intelligent Speed Limit Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, with stop functionality and an Active Blind Spot Monitoring System.

The option of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop function detects vehicles in front of the car and adjusts the speed automatically using the brakes to retain a safe distance. An Active Blind Spot Monitoring System also alerts the driver to the presence of another vehicle in the blind spot to avoid any potential danger. City Park, a smart park assist system completes the safety and convenience offering, Peugeot says.

The latest 308 also offers a new range of engines which are all compliant with strict Euro 6 regulations. The three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine has been upgraded for the new model year, and is coupled with a new six-speed manual gearbox for improved efficiency and control. At-exhaust emission controls on the engine are designed for efficient pollution reduction; high-precision injection control on the 1.2L PureTech 130 Stop&Start engine enhances combustion efficiency: exhaust gases pass through a catalytic converter followed by a passive-regeneration particle filter.

The 308 is also the first PSA Group model to adopt the new 1.5L BlueHDi 130 S&S diesel engine, a four-cylinder unit that also implements at-source and at-exhaust emission control. Tested under competition conditions at the 24-hour Le Mans event, the engine also adds an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) pollution control system.

David Peel, Peugeot UK MD, said: “The new Peugeot 308 is now more competitive than ever. The new car adds to an already impressive technology offering, while new styling and interior options bolster the car’s kerbside appeal and bring it in line with the new Peugeot SUV family.”

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