WITH a European Car of the Year title to its name, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Peugeot 308 wouldn't exactly be crying out for a revamp.
But motoring trends have moved on considerably since the 308 was launched back in 2013 and awarded that coveted Car of the Year 2014 title and the current model's seven-year lifespan is relatively long by modern standards.
Our spies tell us that an all-new 308 is on the cards for 2022 but, meantime, enter the 2021 version with a mild make-over. Features include new alloy wheels, a striking new blue paint option and an updated interior featuring Peugeot's fully-digital i-Cockpit with a 10-inch high-definition panel and a central capacitive touch screen with a gloss finish.
All the latest safety and convenience aids have been packed in and, dependent on trim level, the latest models can be specified with adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, 180 degree rear view camera and park assist function, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with automatic correction at high speeds, driver attention alert, high beam assist, speed sign recognition and blind spot monitoring.
Three trim levels will be available - each with the option of adding a Premium pack - while top-of-the-range versions can also be specified with a black pack at extra-cost with most of the chrome trim replaced by gloss black, including the front grille, indicator and fog light surrounds and side window covers.
The 2021 model range will be available with 110 and 130bhp versions of the 1.2 litre PureTech petrol engine or 100 and 130bhp, 1.5 litre BlueHDi diesel power units all with a six-speed manual gearbox. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available with the higher-powered engines.
And the good news for drivers looking for a little more performance is that the 308GTi hot hatch remains available, powered by a four-cylinder, 1.6 litre petrol engine producing 263 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque.