The order books for the new Peugeot 308 THP Active are now open after the C-segment hatchback was previewed in showrooms not too long ago. The 308 Active still carries an estimated price tag of RM120,888, and enters the model range just below the standard 308 THP.

Being more affordable than the original sole variant that was introduced back in August 2015, the 308 Active relinquishes a few features and equipment to reflect its price tag.

Starting with what is retained, the 308 Active’s powertrain setup still consists of a 1.6 litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine paired to an Aisin-sourced AT6 six-speed torque converter automatic transmission (with Quickshift). The petrol mill still outputs 150 hp at 5,000 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,450 rpm.

As for the list of changes, the exterior of the 308 Active now sees the use of halogen reflector headlights instead full LED ones. They still retain their automatic on/off function. The bumper has also been modified to accommodate the repositioned LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, with the front parking sensors being omitted.

The 308 Active now comes with smaller 17-inch “Rubis” alloy wheels this time round, instead of the larger 18-inch “Sapphire” wheels on the current model. The changes affecting the wheels extends to the spare in the boot as well, which is now a full size steel one instead of a full size alloy spare. The chrome window lining has also been removed here.

Other exterior changes on the 308 Active include the absence of a keyless entry system (with push start), as evident by the keyholes near the door handles. At the rear, the reverse camera has also been removed, but the reverse sensors are still retained.

Inside, the Peugeot i-Cockpit is still present, albeit with a few changes. The trip computer display screen is now of the monochrome variety compared to the full-colour one used in the current model.

Eleswhere, the Alcantara sport seats are now reupholstered as fabric ones instead. The driver-side seats now lose their electric massage and lumbar function as well. Both front seats are still manually-adjustable as before. Looking up, the panoramic roof has been removed as well.

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On the other hand, many other features are retained here. This includes the 9.7-inch HD touchscreen infotainment unit, 3D Arkamys sound system with six speakers and electronic parking brake.

Safety-wise, 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.

A total of five colours 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. The new Pug, with its competitive price positions it to compete against the Ford Focus, that is priced from RM113k.