UPDATE: Australian pricing and specification revealed

Snapshot

  • Priced from $43,990 before on-roads
  • $9K price hike for GT variant
  • Four-strong range includes wagon and PHEV

The 2023 Peugeot 308 range has been priced for Australia with the range-opening GT hatch starting from $43,990 before on-road costs.

Above that sits the GT Premium ($48,990) and GT Premium wagon ($50,490), with final pricing for the 165kW plug-in hybrid hatch to be revealed closer to its H1 release next year.

Prior to going off sale in late 2021, the previous-gen Peugeot 308 GT wore a $34,990 price tag, making the new car $9000 dearer to get into.

This is a wholly new Peugeot 308 riding on the latest version of the brand’s EMP2 platform shared with the 3008 medium SUV and 5008 three-rower.

Peugeot dealers are accepting order for the 308 now, and managing director Kate Gillis said she’s enthused about its arrival: “It is with great excitement that we can today open pre-orders for the 308.

“Our latest arrival brings a dynamic and stylish design, with the local model range carefully selected to provide consumers with a strong line-up.”

2023 Peugeot 308 features

The GT Hatch kicks off the range with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder producing 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic is standard and power is sent to the front wheels.

The Peugeot 308 GT equipped with plenty of safety and tech features, so even though it’s more expensive than entry grades of rivals such as the Mazda 3 G20 Pure, Hyundai i30 and Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport, the 308 GT has a fuller spec sheet.

Features include a 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ‘Fraxx nit’ upholstery on the seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Peugeot 308 GT features

10-inch touchscreen
12.3-inch digital driver’s display
Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Matrix LED headlights
Keyless entry and go
18-inch Kamakura alloy wheels
Fraxx knit/vinyl upholstery
Adaptive cruise control with stop & go
Blind-spot monitoring
Rear cross-traffic alert

In addition, the GT Premium hatch adds some niceties such as a Focal stereo, heated front seats and panoramic sunroof for the $5000 up charge. An extra $1500 gets you a long-roof wagon – a fast diminishing body style in this segment.

GT Premium hatch and wagon add:

10-speaker Focal sound system
Power driver’s seat
Heated and massaging front seats
Nappa leather upholstery
Panoramic sunroof
18-inch Portland alloy wheels
360-degree camera
Lane-trace assist

2023 Peugeot 308 pricing

The Peugeot 308 range is available to pre-order from dealers now. Prices listed are before on-road costs.

Variant Price
308 GT hatch  $43,990
308 GT Premium hatch $48,990
308 GT Premium wagon $50,490

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September 6: More details of upcoming model revealed

Snapshot

  • 2023 Peugeot 308 hatch and wagon confirmed for Q4 arrival
  • Plug-in hybrid GT Sport variant to arrive in 2023
  • Local pricing and full specifications yet to be announced

Peugeot has revealed more details about the upcoming 2023 Peugeot 308 hatch and wagon.

The French marque has confirmed the petrol-powered variants will be here before year’s end, while the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will arrive in the first half of next year.

We now also know that some basic features of the model’s interior, such as the GT hatch will get Alcantara (with leather effect) seats, while the GT Premium hatch and wagon step up to full Nappa leather and get a panormaic sunroof – and all variants will utilise a 10-inch touchscreen.

The GT hatch, GT Premium hatch and PHEV will be offered in six paint colours: olivine green, vertigo blue, artense grey, nera black, elixir red and pearl white. Meanwhile the wagon keeps the black, red, artense grey and white, but swaps out the others for Avatar blue and platinum grey.

Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Kate Gillis, said: “The new Peugeot 308 follows on from a multitude of iconic predecessors sold over the generations. So, we are delighted to have seen such a strong reception to the latest 308 offering locally since launching ‘register your interest’ in July.”

“The 308 signals a new style era for the brand and we are confident its dynamism and bold identity will appeal to Australian customers with a keen appreciation for inspiring design.”

As of today, the company has also launched an online configurator for customers to build their own 308 – though little more details are provided, with full specification and pricing expected closer to the model’s launch later this year.

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July 5: Local timing for Peugeot 308 locked in; PHEV also confirmed

Peugeot has confirmed the next-generation 308 will include a plug-in hybrid option in Australia.

The electrified variant will join the 2023 Peugeot 308 hatch and wagon range set to launch in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to December inclusive) – although the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model will arrive next year.

Peugeot Australia has revealed the third-generation 308 will consist of four variants locally; the GT hatch, GT Premium hatch and wagon, and GT Sport PHEV hatch.

Local pricing and full specification details are yet to be announced, with further information expected in the coming months.

The internal combustion 308 variants will be powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, producing 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

This engine is paired with an Aisin-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels.

Opting for the GT Sport PHEV will see the three-cylinder mill replaced with a 132kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is paired to an 81kW electric motor, providing a total system output of 165kW and 360Nm.

GT and GTi variants of the previous-generation 308 used a version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, albeit without electric assistance.

The latter nameplate will not return to the Peugeot range, with the brand needing to meet strict emissions standards in Europe.

As the first model from the French marque to wear its redesigned logo – hiding a radar for the adaptive cruise control – the new-generation 308 ushers in a new design language, featuring a large graphic front grille and slim LED headlights with a ‘claw effect’ DRL signature below.

The design of the updated hatch was penned with aerodynamics in mind, contributing to a slippery drag coefficient of 0.28 to assist with efficiency.

At 4360 millimetres in length, the 308 is 107mm longer than before. Its wheelbase has also been extended by 55mm (2675mm), which is said to have improved room for rear occupants.

Inside, the 308 includes a 10-inch infotainment system with ‘Hey, Peugeot’ voice recognition, a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, and a rocker-button-style gear selector similar to the Volkswagen Golf and Porsche 911.

A full suite of active safety technology, including; autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, radar-based cruise control, traffic sign recognition and driver attention alert, is likely to be fitted as standard.

Industry safety body EuroNCAP awarded the 308 a four-star rating out of five under the latest 2022 criteria, however, it is currently unknown if this rating will apply locally under ANCAP.

The 2023 Peugeot 308 will go on sale in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022, with the GT Sport PHEV set to arrive sometime in 2023.

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