The 2014 European Car of the Year is now here in Malaysia! Though it’s not exactly at the showrooms yet, the new Peugeot 308 has been previewed to dealers yesterday by Peugeot distributor Nasim Sdn Bhd.

The preview unit is a diesel automatic, as seen from the automatic gear shifter and the 5,000 rpm redline seen in the new-style instrument panel mounted close to the windscreen.

Does this mean Peugeot’ll bring in a diesel variant of the new 308 to fill in the gap voided by the previous-generation Ford Focus TDCi, though? Peugeot currently offers diesel engines in the 508 and 508 SW.

Diesel engine options include a 1.6 HDi doing 92 hp/230 Nm or 115 hp/270 Nm, or a 2.0 litre BlueHDi producing 150 hp/370 Nm. Since this preview car is an automatic, it should have the 150 hp engine with a six-speed auto, the same combo found in the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in Malaysia.

Available engine options worldwide – click to enlarge

For petrol engine and automatic gearbox, the 308 offers a new PureTech 1.2 litre e-THP engine with 130 hp and 230 Nm, mated to a six-speed auto. The 1.6 litre THP 156 from the outgoing car is also available but only with a six-speed manual so far.

In Europe, Peugeot says that its new C-segment five-door hatchback is contributing towards the brand’s move upmarket, as upper trim levels are getting the bulk of the orders. Last we heard, the new 308 should see a 2015 introduction in Malaysia.

You can follow the Peugeot Malaysia Facebook page for updates. Thanks to Dato’ Billy Goh from Peugeot Batu Pahat and Jordan Wong from Peugeot Setia Alam for the photos.