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Friday, May 15, 2015

CLOSE UP: New Peugeot 308 THP

In this blog entry, I'm posting a Close Up of The New Peugeot 308 THP.  I shall arrange a Test drive with this EUROPEAN CAR OF THE YEAR 2014 soon.  Watch this space.  

Above: The New Peugeot 308 THP Looks best at this angle.

Priced decently at RM132,888 OTR with Insurance after GST.

The new 308 sits on PSA Peugeot Citroen’s EMP2 platform, which also underpins the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso MPV. The Efficient Modular Platform alone is 70 kg lighter than the old PF2 platform. The reduction can be broken down to 27 kg from the use of select steels, composite materials and aluminium; 10 kg from the assembly processes (laser welding, hydroforming) and 33 kg through design (lighter modules, resizing of parts according to power).

Besides the platform, the new 308’s design and the choice of lighter materials contributed to a further 70 kg reduction. Examples include aluminium for the bonnet and front wings, redesigned seat frames (less 10 kg) and a thermoplastic tailgate that saves four kilos. Combined, a substantial 140 kg is shaved.

The 308’s proportions have changed by quite a bit. Overall length is 23 mm less than before, but the wheelbase is 12 mm longer, and the corresponding reduction in front overhang is obvious. Even more significant is the 41 mm reduction in height, which gives the new Pug a sleeker shape. The latter combines with a newfound restraint in design for a classy outlook.

The single-spec 308 is very richly equipped. LED headlamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch ‘Saphir’ alloys (or Sapphire, the largest available globally) with 225/40 tyres; panoramic glass roof (with electric blind); manual sports seats with Alcantara centre section, electric lumbar and massage function; keyless entry with push start button; electronic parking brake; dual-zone auto air con and reverse camera are all standard.

A concept first seen on the 208, Peugeot’s unique i-Cockpit is very minimalist in design, and that is achieved by doing away with physical buttons for audio and air-con functions, which are accessible via a 9.7-inch central colour touchscreen. You can connect your smartphone to it via USB and Bluetooth.

Local cars also get the Driver Assistance Pack, which includes Dynamic Cruise Control (radar-based active cruise control that mirrors the speed of the car in front) and Emergency Collision Alert. The latter uses radar to detect an imminent collision and emits visual and audible warnings to the driver, alerting him to brake. Emergency Automatic Braking is then deployed to prevent or minimise impact. The five-star Euro NCAP-rated car also comes with six airbags, ESP and Hill Start Assist.

Buyers get a five-year unlimited mileage warranty (three-year factory, two-year extended), plus complimentary 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service and access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport.

Available in five colours – Pearl White (RM1,590 extra for this colour),
 Artense Grey,
 Mocha Brown, 
Rouge Red, 
Nera Black 

First impression Rating 8.5/10.  Let down by Poor Legroom, Useless glovebox, questionable reliability and after sales service.  Shall review the Rating after test drive.

If you want to buy this car, please call Jeff Lim at 012-6852-718 or Pacco Loo at 017-3702517.  Location, Peugeot Setia Alam.

Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Here are 50 photos for you to enjoy.  

 ABOVE: 18" Sapphire Lightweight Alloy wheels.
 ABOVE: 1.6 in-line 4 cylinder, Direct Injection TWIN SCROLL TURBO High Pressure (THP) Engine paired with 6 speed conventional torque converter Automatic gearbox.  Producing 152ps and 240Nm torque from 1450rpm.  Claimed combined Fuel consumption is 6.5l/100km.

Performance wise, Claimed top speed at 211km/h and 0-100km/h in decent 9.4 seconds.

 ABOVE: STYLISH LED Rear tailights.
 ABOVE: FULL LED Headlights Technology.



 Above: Clear and stylish Dash meter.
 Above: Nice Alcantara and Leather combination.

 Above: Panoramic Roof with motorised blind.  Below: Motorised blind closed mode.

 ABOVE: High Fidelity Arkamys Sound Staging with 6 speakers.
 Above: CRAMPED Rear legroom.  BELOW: Front legroom adjusted as such.

 ABOVE: Futuristic yet functional Dashboard.
 ABOVE: Another poorly designed centre console robbing the rear centre legroom.
 ABOVE: ISOFIX Child Anchor point.
 Above: High quality / close up of the Leather and Alcantara trim.
 Above: 470 litres boot space eating into the Rear legroom.

 Above: Seat belt reminder and Panoramic Roof blind switch.
 ABOVE: Electronic Parking brake and Push Start Ignition.
 ABOVE: Typical French Car half baked Right hand drive conversion.  The Glovebox is next to useless.

 ABOVE: the Smart Key.
 ABOVE: CRUISE CONTROL with Speed Limiter

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