Last month, we discovered a brochure for the facelifted Peugeot 308 on social media, and now local distributor Naza has followed that up with an official introduction for the updated C-segment hatchback. The car is being displayed in both cooking THP and hot GTi forms, but it’s the former we’re looking at here.

Priced at RM129,888 on-the-road without insurance, the THP model retails around the same level as before, which came in at RM132,888 with insurance and the old goods and services tax (GST). Included in the price is a five-year/120,000 km factory warranty and three years’ 24-hour Peugeot Assistance.

On the outside, the changes amount to a repositioned lion badge, which has moved from the bonnet and into the taller, more upright grille, along with a sportier front bumper with larger, more prominent air intakes. Full-LED headlights remain, but the triple-claw tail lights are now always on, and while the striking 18-inch Saphir two-tone alloy wheels remain, they now sport a darker black finish.

Inside, you’ll find an enhanced i-Cockpit infotainment system, with a capacitive touchscreen (still measuring 9.7 inches) and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. In terms of kit, the THP model loses out on a panoramic glass roof, the massage function for the seats and Alcantara seat trim (it’s still part-leather) of the pre-facelift model, and the multi-info display is now of a lower resolution.

However, the car still gets keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, six speakers and a reverse camera. Safety-wise, six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control and hill start assist come as standard, but unfortunately, the previous car’s Driver Assistance Pack, which added autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, is missing here.

Under the bonnet, the familiar 1.6 litre THP turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is retained, but it gets a boost in power from 152 PS to 167 PS at 6,000 rpm, although torque holds station at 240 Nm at 1,400 rpm. There’s still an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission, and as such it doesn’t get the new electronic gearlever – that’s only reserved for the eight-speeders offered in other markets.

The 308 THP will be on display at 1 Utama Shopping Centre until October 28.