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The all-new Peugeot 308 THP was launched here in a sole variant back in August 2015. Now, there is a new addition to the C-segment hatchback’s range, known as the Peugeot 308 THP Active. Not officially launched yet for now, the model is currently available for preview at Peugeot’s Glenmarie showroom, with a tentative price tag of RM120,888.

Essentially, the Peugeot 308 THP Active takes its spot below the present 308 THP that retails for RM132,888 (on-the-road with GST and insurance). With the more inviting price tag, the Active gets a revised spec sheet to ensure it fits the bill.

On the outside, the main difference starts with the automatic headlights that are now halogen reflectors instead of the full LED ones on the current model. The changes also include a new bumper to house the repositioned LED daytime running lights and fog lamps. Front parking sensors have also been removed as well.

Moving along the side of the 308 THP Active, there are now 17-inch “Rubis” alloy wheels compared to the larger 18-inch “Sapphire” wheels on the current model. Speaking of wheels, the full size alloy spare in the trunk is substituted with a full size steel one instead.

The keyholes near the door handles also indicate the absence of keyless entry (with push start) as well. At the rear, the Active is pretty much unchanged from the standard 308 THP, aside from the omission of the reverse camera.

Inside, the Alcantara sport seats have been swapped out for fabric ones instead. Also, the electric massage and lumbar function of the manually-adjustable front seats have been removed as well. Elsewhere, the panoramic roof is no longer present, but other creature comforts like the 9.7-inch HD touchscreen infotainment unit, 3D Arkamys sound system with six speakers and electronic parking brake are retained.

Similarly, the powertrain setup still consists of a 1.6 litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine paired to an Aisin-sourced AT6 six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The mill continues to dish out 150 hp at 5,000 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,450 rpm.

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On the safety side of things, the 308 THP Active holds on to its impressive safety suite with six airbags (dual front, side, curtain) and ESP. However, driver assistance systems that include dynamic cruise control, emergency collision alert and emergency collision braking aren’t available here.

Five colour options are available for the Peugeot 308 THP Active – Pearl White (RM1,590 option), Rouge Red (what you see here), Mocha Brown, Artense Grey and Nera Black. With its new price tag, the new Pug is positioned to compete against the Ford Focus, that is priced from RM113k.

What do you think of the new Peugeot 308 THP Active? Does its new price tag make it a more appealing C-segment hatchback prospect?