• May 27th 2007 at 2:04PM
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In our minds, the number 308, as it pertains to cars, is inextricably tied to Ferrari, and by extension, one Thomas Magnum, whose 308 GTS was one of the cooler TV rides of the 80s. Unfortunately, the number will soon be associated with Peugeot's "gaping maw" front end treatment on the new 308 hatch. Regardless of how anyone feels about Pug's corporate schnoz, it's very...um, distinctive, and naturally, it adorns the automaker's newest 5-door. The photos here leaked earlier in the week, and there's no official release to accompany them yet (that will come on June 5, according to WorldCarFans).

The prevailing wisdom, however, is that is that the 308 will launch with the BMW-PSA 120-horsepower 1.6L four cylinder (also used in the Mk2 MINI Cooper). A range of diesels will also be available, and as previously reported, PSA's diesel-electric Hybride HDi system is also going to be in the mix. That powertrain should be good for something in the neighborhood of 69 mpg in the combined-cycle, which is obviously fantastic. Finally, an E85-capable engine will also be offered.

A wagon and coupe+convertible will join the hatchback later on, and a spunky, turbocharged 308 RC is expected sometime in the future. All these new 308s may well be fine cars, but we'd still rather have the kind with that horse on the hood...

[Source: WorldCarFans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this is breathtakingly Ugly...What is going on with those hideous arches....The car is an absolute mess..and lets not even talk about that gurning front...Peugeot is going dramatically downhill...and I well eblieve the rumour that Citroen has all the best designers at PSA. America be lucky you don't get some of Europes cars after all...The Astra is so much more defined and stylish compared to this soggy pear of a car...Ill est Merde
      • 8 Years Ago
      "In our minds, the number 308, as it pertains to cars, is inextricably tied to Ferrari....."
      To the contrary, an earlier significance of the number 308 is its association with the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, which was propelled by the 6-cylinder, NASCAR championship engine, which displaced 308 cu. in. and was known as the 308. Didn't you see the movie Cars, Alex?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Allow me to share my predicament by presenting the below chronology of events; 1. It all started when the indicator shows DEPOLLUTION SYSTEM FAULTY which I feel that the Malaysian weather must be so polluted that it needs a depollution system. The car jerks and unable to move. The car was towed to the workshop and surprisingly, the timing chain was replaced at 30,000 km under warranty. Took the car back happily thinking of the matter has been resolved. 2. To my surprise, it happens again with the indicator showing DEPOLLUTION SYSTEM FAULTY pop up again on the monitor screen. We weren’t sure about the repair job done this time round but were informed that has been resolved. On another note, my colleagues has also blame us for being so stingy by not using RON97 petrol which can caused me RM1.00 extra rather than using the RON 95 at RM2.90 per litre. Could it be the reason since it is a turbo powered engine? Hope this will not be the technical diagnose verdict, hereafter. 3. Thereafter, it happens again. The car can hardly move i.e. no power and the gear shift was delayed. It could be because all in my family are obese and it is overloaded to ferry us around town. Took to the workshop - the verdict given by the technical team was some air related to the turbo system. Very swiftly resolved. 4. Then, it happened again. Indicator shows no faulty system with same problem of no power and delayed shifting of the gear. I was told [or fooled - uncertain] that this car came with an AAS [Automatic Adaptive System]. The car was driven by my wife, so the car has adapted to my wife’s driving style. Since I drove it during weekend and the car is so intelligent, it has to be driven by me with the ignition to be switched off once, then it can adapt to my driving style. That is the reason for delayed shifting of gear and no power of my car. Didn’t notice that I’ve bought a really intelligent car. No wonder I paid a good price for the car even with a discount. It is also claimed that it is due to my foolishness by placing an additional layer of coil mat has made the car lost its power resulting in the accelerator pedal not able to be stepped properly. Verdict – cut my rubber coil mat to ensure the accelerator pedal not to be disrupted when step on it. 5. Yesterday, drove the car to my home town about 200 km away from home. Due to some urgency, the car performance was extremely good and allows me to reach my destination sooner than I expected. Since I need to work today thus decided to return home the same evening, again to my disappointment the car experiencing the same symptom. It is even worse; the car can only be driven up to 130 km per hour. The shifting of gear was delayed even when I was about to reach home - the traffic light turns green, when accelerate till the RPM reaches 4500, the engine roars like a dragon before it can shift to the next gear level. I am very concern because, in my shallow technical knowledge, ofthe transmission system (gear box) may cause problem later. On the highway, the gear didn’t shift down at 130 km/hr even I’ve floor stepped on the accelerator pedal when I want to overtake a lorry thus resulting an oncoming car from behind tailing behind me. I have endangered myself by driving in such situation with a turbo powered car. Indeed, it has turn me to a much disciplined driver at 100 km/hr on the extreme left lane of the highway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I see these in China.
      Check out the facial expression in the design....it even has a nose! It's a good thing the other end doesn't follow any human anatomy design!
      • 8 Years Ago
      She's a beauty. I'll take mine in royal blue, please.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's that huge, gaping black thing across the front end?

      A handle?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every time I see these types of cars covered here on Autoblog I want to cry in my soup. This is a great looking car and 120 ponies seems about right to me. Five-doors are just so practical for those of us with small familes.

      Somebody with some pull, please convince the powers that be (whoever they are) that there is a market for cars like this here in the US. I can't be the only one, sounds like rrr is with me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing is shit ugly, and i'm from Holland when its out ill probably see 50 of those every day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry, I gotta say I like it. Wish it was here in the US, but with 160-180hp... I'll take that instead of the anemic Astra we are going to get, even though that looks to be a decent ride, aside from the lack of power.

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