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2018 Peugeot 308 facelift revealed, gets 8spd auto

The facelifted iteration of the Peugeot 308 has surfaced, with some major powertrain upgrades and light cosmetic enhancements.

Beginning with the latter, the lower portion of the front end now has more pronounced openings, with neatly integrated foglights and LED turn signals. At the rear there’s a mildly reworked taillight cluster.

Inside there’s an updated i-Cockpit, with Mirror Screen now allowing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus an updated TomTom traffic monitoring service for the sat-nav. There’s also Visiopark 1 with 180-degree rear-view camera.

The most significant mechanical change is the addition of an eight-speed Aisin automatic to the 133kW/400Nm Peugeot 308 GT – quite possibly the only diesel hot hatch currently on sale here. With two extra ratios, expect average fuel consumption to dip below the 4.0L/100km mark of today’s model.

Other changes include revised versions of the three-cylinder turbo engine and a new six-speed manual transmission. New active safety systems include active cruise, lane departure warning and autonomous city braking.

So far this year, the 308 has been less than stellar in Australia’s most popular non-SUV segment, registering 274 sales, which is less than half of its YTD performance on last year (April 2017 VFACTS). Does the prospect of 308’s new features and a class-first eight-speed auto make it more appealing to you?

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.