A next-generation Peugeot 308 will reportedly be introduced in 2020, according to French motoring portal Caradisiac. The current model, unveiled back in 2013, was the first Peugeot to reuse an existing numeric name, and the new version will continue that trend with big changes masquerading under the same moniker.

The report states that the new 308 will take after its big brother, the recently revealed 508 – not least the sedan’s rakish looks. Set to be adopted are design cues like the scythe-esque plunging LED daytime running lights, model badging at the front of the car, simpler bodyside surfacing and a lower roofline for better aerodynamics. The car will also be built atop an evolution of the current car’s EMP2 platform.

The new 508 will lend plenty of new tech and design elements to the next 308

As such, it is claimed that buyers will be able to spec the new 308 with adaptive dampers on range-topping models, similar to the 508. The body structure will also utilise the 508’s body joining technique – which uses a mix of welds and adhesives – as well as an increased use of lightweight materials, which should result in a mild reduction in weight and an increase in structural rigidity, the report adds.

Under the bonnet, the new 308 should soldier on with the usual mix of petrol and diesel engines, which will likely include the 1.2 litre three-cylinder and 1.6 litre four-cylinder PureTech petrol engines, as well as a 1.5 litre BlueHDi turbodiesel. There will also be the same eight-speed automatic transmission option introduced on the current facelifted model, to go with the standard six-speed manual.

The next GTi’s rumoured electric all-wheel drive powertrain was previewed by the 308 R HYbrid concept

What’s bigger news is that the GT and GTi models is set to become plug-in hybrids in the next generation. The former will utilise a petrol engine and electric motor to power the front wheels with a maximum power output of 220 hp. But it’s the GTi that will grab headlines with the addition of a rear electric motor to provide all-wheel drive – a technology first seen on the 308 R HYbrid concept – and a whopping 300 hp. That should be enough to keep the Honda Civic Type R honest.

Other reported new features include a more intuitive infotainment system, a digital instrument display and increased customisation options. The new 308 is also expected to benefit from a wider range of driver assists, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist to provide Level 2 autonomous driving. Improvements to the autonomous emergency braking and parking assistance systems are on the cards too.