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2023 Peugeot e-308 revealed, could come to Australia

Peugeot has revealed electric versions of its 308 hatchback and 308 SW wagon – and they’re on the cards to join the petrol and PHEV range in Australia at some point.

Although not locked in for our market, Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis said the e-308 reveal “is exciting and we can confirm the e-308 is under evaluation for the Australian market as part of our electrification journey”.

Given it’s not hitting Europe until mid-2023, it’s unlikely we’ll see the e-308 locally for some time. The regular 308 range is rolling out late this year, with the PHEV to follow early in 2023.

Under the skin, the e-308 features a 54kWh battery pack (51kWh usable) with a lithium-ion battery using a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry. Peak power from the front-mounted motor is 115kW, and peak torque is 260Nm.

Claimed range on the WLTP cycle is more than 400km, and the e-308 is capable of charging from 20 to 80 per cent in less than 25 minutes at a 100kW DC public charger.

The onboard three-phase charger allows you to charge at 11kW when plugged into the right kind of home charger.

Claimed energy consumption is a miserly 12.7kWh per 100km, undercutting the Tesla Model 3 (13.4kWh) and Hyundai Kona Electric (13.1kWh).

Peugeot says the impressive efficiency is down to an optimised front end and underbody for better aerodynamics, the lightweight EMP2 platform, and the ultra-low rolling resistance tyres.

Beyond the electric powertrain, the e-308 looks like a regular petrol 308. It also features the same interior, which means it follows closely in the footsteps of the 2008 with its latest i-Cockpit layout.

In Europe, three trim levels will be offered. It’s not clear, if the car comes Down Under, what the range will look like.

Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the driver is faced with another customisable 10-inch display.

Beneath the central screen is a row of touch-based shortcut switches which can be customised by the driver. There are also piano-style toggles at the base of the centre console. Wireless phone charging and an array of USB-C ports all feature.

Peugeot says the MyPeugeot application allows owners to schedule charging or pre-condition the cabin from their phones, while another app is designed to make it simpler to plot charging destinations or road trips.

In some countries, the brand will sell the e-308 online from start to finish rather than using a traditional dealer model.

A full range of active safety assists will be available, including semi-autonomous lane change for the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a new reversing camera and surround-view camera.

As you’d expect, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, and auto high-beam also feature.

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