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2014-09-09 09:51

STYLISH WAGON! Peugeot has announced the introduction of their new 308 GT, seen here in station wagon form. Image: Peugeot

PARIS, France - Peugeot is looking to build on the success of its award-winning 308 with two new models, the top of the range GT in hatchback and station wagon body styles.

Peugeot says each has offer new styling, performance engines and bespoke chassis modifications to create a lowered ride. The result is "an exceptional on-the-road experience that will delight the most enthusiastic drivers." The enhancements highlight by the 308’s recognition as the 2014 European Car of the Year.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Peugeot 308

The 308 GT's lion emblem has moved from the bonnet’s leading edge to the grille, with three horizontal blades each side and the car has headlights made up of 62 LEDs.

Exclusive new direction indicators also distinguish the 308 GT from other models. Their dynamic sequential operation, moving from the inside to the outside, emphasises the technological identity of the car. They are placed above the new air scoops which supply the engine with additional cooling.

The GT sits on 18-inch ‘Diamant’ rims, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. The fluted spokes and engraved motif are exclusive to the model.

At the rear, the 308 GT sports a lacquered black diffuse and twin exhausts.

The range of colours for the car includes the new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’.


Red stitching adds a performance air to the upholstery and is also found on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever and mats. Aluminium detailing on the pedals, coupled with stainless steel sill finishers in the door apertures, add the finishing touch.

The driver can adjust the height and reach of the compact steering wheel, which is unique to this car thanks to its perforated leather trim and GT badge. The instrument panel bears a new chequered flag motif background. To complement this, the large touchscreen displays a new colour scheme dominated by red and black, titled ‘Redline’.


Ride height has been lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear for a more dynamic drive. The revised suspension is mated to a choice of high-performance engines, one petrol and one diesel, that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.

The sportier engine is a four-cylinder 1.6 150kW turbo petrol engine features stop/start and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox the torque figure is 285Nm available from 1750 and 4500rpm.

A frugal alternative is the four-cylinder two-litre BlueHDi diesel engine capable of 132kW at 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm.

The 308 GT will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show from 4-19 October with deliveries commencing at the beginning of January 2015 in Europe, while South Africa's general manager of public relations, Toni Herbst says: "the 308 will be launched at the beginning of 2015 and the GT will introduced locally towards the end of next year."

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