Peugeot 308 updated for 2011

The new more efficient small car includes hatchback, coupe-cabriolet and estate versions and comes in four specification levels; Access, SR, Active and Allure.

However, two range-topping GT THP 200 models – adding extra performance to the 308 – will be made available on hatchback and coupe-cabriolet versions.

Outside, the Peugeot 308 has been refreshed and the exterior now resembles the new Peugeot 508 saloon more closely.

New LED headlamps, a large panoramic windscreen and daytime running lights have been added to create a more ‘modern’ look, according to Peugeot.

Inside, air conditioning, ESP, ABS and six airbags are included as standard in all models.

Peugeot will offer four petrol and four diesel engines with the updated 308, including a 1.6-litre diesel 112hp unit fitted with e-HDi technology.

The ‘micro-hybrid’ system includes Start & Stop technology and helps Peugeot reduce CO2 emissions to 98g/km – enough to qualify for zero road tax in the UK.

The most efficient of the four diesel engines will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed Electronically Controlled manual Gearbox (ECG).

Not available at launch, the e-HDi engine will be introduced to the range in summer 2011, says Peugeot.

The Peugeot 308’s green credentials are boosted by the addition of 16" ultra low rolling resistance tyres to reduce drag and a 25kg drop in weight on average across the range.

The updated 2011 Peugeot 308 will start from £15,245 on-the-road and will arrive in UK showrooms in May 2011. It will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year.