These include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, which works down to standstill when fitted to a auto with an automatic gearbox.

The new PEUGEOT 308 is the first PSA group model to get the new BlueHDi 130 S&S Diesel engine, a four-cylinder unit that also implements at-source and at-exhaust emission control.

Previously it was assumed that the Peugeot 308 will receive the interior the i-Cockpit of the second generation, as the new 3008-m, however, the only changes to the hatchback will be the new navigation support display real-time traffic from TomTom and a multimedia system with Mirror Screen, duplicate screen complex display smartphone.

“Factor in a range of new, highly efficient powertrains, including an eight-speed automatic, and the new Peugeot 308 adds up to a compelling package”.

A new feature is a glass roof which will be standard on all high grade versions inlcuding GT and GT Line trim levels. And with its short front and rear overhangs the new PEUGEOT 308 keeps its reputation for excellent manoeuvrability.

A new eight-speed automatic will be available for 180-horsepower diesel, which is equipped with a “heated” modification of the 308 GT.

The 308, which competes against the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf in the family vehicle class, is set to receive a more sophisticated infotainment system, along with several new petrol and diesel engines.

The updated Peugeot 308 range (the 308 SW Estate and 308 GTi receive similar updates) is available for delivery in the United Kingdom from September. The 1.2-litre three cylinder gasoline engine, on the other hand, continues albeit with a significant update for the Euro 6 compliancy along with an updated six-speed manual gearbox.

The new PEUGEOT 308 and PEUGEOT 308 SW are made at the Sochaux plant in France.