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Peugeot has released details and images of the new 308 GT – a sort of warm hatch designed to provide slightly more performance than your regular run-of-the-mill 308 variants. The 308 GT comes in two body styles with a hatchback and an estate version available from launch.

New design details include Peugeot’s iconic emblem now wedged onto the front grille – which features three horizontal slates running across the entire length, instead of the previous design where it was mounted on the front edge of the bonnet. Headlights now include an assembly of 62 LEDs with dynamic turn indicators, similar to the ones found on Audi’s facelifted R8.

At the rear, the refreshed rear lamp design is accompanied by a lacquered black diffuser featuring twin exhaust pipes. A smattering of ‘GT’ badges can be found on the tailgate, wheel arches and front grille. A more pronounced side sill and lacquered side mirrors complete the sporty profile.

As for wheel dimensions, the new 308 GT comes with 18-inch ‘Diamant’ wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. The rims feature a unique motif on the spokes which are exclusive only to the 308 GT. An exclusive new colour, ‘Magnetic Blue’, makes its debut on this car.

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Inside the cabin, the roof lining and upper window pillars are finished in anthracite while red stitching can be found along the upholstery, dashboard, door panels, gear selector gaiter and floor mats. Aluminium detailing on the pedals and stainless steel finishes on the door apertures complete the sporty ambience.

Ergonomics of the Peugeot i-Cockpit ensures that a vast majority of drivers will always be able to find the optimum driving position. The new compact steering wheel, which comes as a variable electric power unit, comes with perforated leather and a ‘GT’ badge with aluminium detailing. Paddle shifters are included, along with a head-up display unit.

The central touchscreen now displays a new colour scheme dominated by black and red – titled ‘Redline’, while the instrument panel bears a chequered flag motif in the background. Switching the ignition on, drivers are now treated to a new ‘GT’ welcome message on the instrument panel.

Drivers with a knack for harbouring information will be pleased to know that details such as power and torque delivered, turbo pressure and longitudinal and transverse acceleration are displayed on the instrument panel.

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Technical specifications include two engine variants, one petrol-powered and another diesel – both capable of meeting Euro 6 emission standards. The 1.6 litre, twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine comes with Stop&Start technology and produces 205 hp and 285 Nm of torque – slightly higher outputs compared to the 208 GTi that we have here. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission while fuel consumption is rated at 50.4 mpg or 21.4 km/litre.

The diesel model is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder BlueHDi 180 engine, producing 180 hp and 400 Nm of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox developed by Japanese firm Aisin AW. Fuel consumption, common of a diesel, is rated at an astonishing 70.6 mpg or 30 km/litre.

The new 308 GT’s suspension set-up is pseudo MacPherson at the front, with a deformable beam at the rear. Ride height has been lowered by 7 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear. A hydraulic bump stop is featured to reduce noise and improve overall NVH levels. Depending on specifications, the front and rear suspension has been stiffened by 10% to 20%.

Brakes discs measure at 330 mm at the front – gripped by floating callipers with 60 mm pistons, for both hatch and estate version while the rears are 268 mm for the hatch and 290 mm for the estate. Both engine options feature switchable ESP as standard. Other electronic driver aids include a Driver Assistance Pack with a radar built into the front of the car. A Dynamic Cruise Control feature automatically maintains and adjusts the speed of the vehicle in response to the car in front of it.

The Emergency Collision Alert System produces an audible and visual warning to encourage the driver to brake to avoid a collision, failing to do so would trigger the Emergency Collision Braking System, which applies early applications of the brakes.

Blind Spot Monitoring System uses LEDs in the door mirrors to warn drivers of objects obscured in their blind spot while Park Assist aids drivers in automatically parking the car in parallel or bay parking. The new Peugeot 308 GT will have its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next month, where prices and full specifications will be revealed.

The previous generation 308 GT was available in Malaysia for RM160k – will Malaysian Peugeot distributor Nasim Sdn Bhd offer it again?

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