The COVID-19 communicable hasn’t afflicted PSA’s affairs for a US acknowledgment in 2023, and corroborated with the alliance with FCA, we’re absolutely activity to pay added absorption to Peugeot and Citroën models. The aggregation with the bobcat brand will be the one to accomplish a improvement afterwards a continued hiatus, with Peugeot departure the US bazaar aback in 1991.
It would accomplish faculty to accompany crossovers like the 2008, 3008, and 5008 leash to augment an clamorous SUV-hungry market, but we’re abiding some Americans wouldn’t apperception a bunched hatchback. The 208 supermini would acceptable be accounted too baby for US preferences, accordingly a wiser business accommodation would be the beyond 308 bunched hatchback. It’s actuality absolutely redesigned and reengineered for 2021, as it should because the approachable archetypal has been about in Europe aback 2013.
Taking into annual the anew formed Stellantis accumulation as a aftereffect of the FCA-PSA merger, could the 308 be badge-engineered as a Dodge? Perhaps a modern-day Shadow or Omni? It’s too aboriginal to tell, but it goes after adage the amalgamation amid the two automotive conglomerates will appulse absolutely a few models from both parties. Aloof attending at the VW Accumulation and how it sells the mechanically accompanying Golf, Octavia, A3, and Leon with abundant success.
Anyway, the adjoining spy shots characterize the five-door hatchback. A added applied wagon is acceptable planned to battling the long-roof versions of the three boilerplate German cars I aloof mentioned. Redesigned from the arena up, the 308 will additionally get new underpinnings by switching to the EMP2 belvedere and that should pay assets in agreement of accessible allowance for cartage and cargo.
Enthusiasts will be blessed to apprehend a Peugeot Sport Engineered alternative is accounted to top the ambit as an all-wheel-drive hot bear with almost 300 hp. The PSE-badged 308 will allegedly accept a amalgam powertrain in the aforementioned attitude as the afresh apparent 508 PSE and is accepted to serve as a absolute almsman of the fabulous 308 GTi.
The architecture should be absolutely agitative anticipation by Peugeot’s best contempo cars, and while this ancestor is absolutely camouflaged, you can acquaint it has the final anatomy and lights. Speaking of which, the LED daytime active lights addition bottomward the advanced bonanza are arresting in this set of spy shots, as is a area of the capital headlights. A advanced camera army in the centermost of the grille suggests a semi-autonomous active arrangement is planned, and there’s a acceptable adventitious the model’s name will be featured on the basal of the awning as a nod to the past.
That won’t be the alone retro-flavored architecture as antecedent spy shots appear a avant-garde booty on the accumulated logo that debuted with the Peugeot 404 in 1960 afore accepting a sleeker architecture on the 504 archetypal in 1968. The aggregation brought it aback with the absurd e-Legend abstraction in 2018, and now it looks like it’s advancing to a assembly car.
Peugeot gave the accepted 308 one final amend in June, but you’ll be bigger off cat-and-mouse for the next-gen archetypal accepted to premiere ancient in 2021.