At the wheel of the new Peugeot 308 Plug-in Hybrid 225 e-Eat8 GT Pack we retrace the roads that saw the circulation of the first car sold in Italy, the Peugeot Type 3
It is an opportunity to ideally retrace the history of the House of the Lion, the test of the new Peugeot 308 hybrid, immediately available in a 5-door sedan version, and ready to debut in Italy in June in the 308 station wagon variant. At the wheel of the most performing plug-in model, the GT Pack hybrid 225 with 8-speed automatic gearbox, we retrace the Venetian roads that saw the circulation of the first car sold in Italy, the Peugeot Type 3, now kept at the Mauto Museum in Turin. . Registered in 1893 in Piovene Rocchette, in the province of Vicenza, it was bought by the industrialist Gaetano Rossi for 5,552 French francs. The passages between the Ponte Vecchio in Bassano del Grappa, designed by Andrea Palladio and the Bolle by the Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas, designed to celebrate Nardini’s 225th anniversary, thus pay homage to the long path of the Lion’s house, guided by the lucky number 3, which returns punctually in many successful models, from the first 301 of 1932 to the last 308, passing through the 302, the 304, the 305, 306 and 307. But in this tenth generation of the flagship sedan of the House of the Lion, Peugeot has decided to make a change, and the new 308 is projected into the future in everything: from the lines, to the technology, to the latest electrified engines. starting from 44.100 euros. generation.
The new 308 drastically evolves, compared to the previous generation: in addition to a more modern and sporty style, with the front luminous signature of the vertical claws, which certify the new family feeling of the brand, the passenger compartment welcomes with comfort and attention to detail and superior category materials. The front light clusters, with headlamps equipped with LED technology from the first trim level, frame a redesigned grille, on which the new Peugeot logo stands out. The new Peugeot i-Connect also makes its debut in this model, the multimedia system that draws on the experience of using tablets, thanks also to the possibility of reconfiguring the new i-Toggles, virtual keys that allow you to manage a specific function with a just touch, in addition to the Peugeot i-Cockpit which is now also equipped with 3D visualization for digital instrumentation. The renewed lines thus follow Peugeot’s new stylistic course, with well-defined features and an even more marked personality. 1.44 m high, 1.85 m wide, with an overall length of 4.37 m, the car has a muscular front, with the belt grain becoming more pronounced at the rear. Seen from behind, the new 308 hybrid winks at the sportier models, with a sloping roof, small slanted rear window, slim headlights and dual chrome exhaust. The boot capacity allows long and well-equipped journeys: it starts from 412 liters standard up to 1,323 liters with the rear seat folded down, space ranging from 608 to 1,634 liters in the station wagon version. In this case it should be considered that the plug-in hybrids lose 51 liters of capacity compared to the petrol and diesel endothermic versions, due to the presence of batteries.
The lines inside are also essential and very modern, and the driving position is modeled around the i-cockpit, with the shaped steering wheel, which speaks to us more of a sports car than a sedan. The dashboard develops in length and in the center stands out the totally renewed and customizable infotainment system. The central 10-inch high-definition touchscreen allows you to create custom widgets to make the screen even more unique, like a tablet. Total compatibility, of course, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay even in wireless mode, with the convenient induction plate to recharge your smartphone.
Thanks to the multi-energy platform, the new Peugeot 308 sedan and stationwagon allow a gradual transition to an electrified future, giving the possibility to choose between five engines that best suit your daily life: from Pure Tech 110 and Pure Tech 130 petrol, to Blue HDI. 130 diesel, to arrive at the Hybrid 180 and Hybrid 225 plug-in petrol with 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions, to which a 100% electric version will be added next year, with a range of 400 km.
How is it going
We tested the most powerful version of the new Peugeot 308 on tap, the GT Pack Hybrid 225, with a 180 HP 1.6 PureTech engine combined with a 110 HP electric motor and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The combined power is 225 hp and 360 Nm of torque, with declared performance that sees the new 308 hybrid accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.4 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km / h. Climbing on board, the car leaves you pleasantly surprised, comfortable and spacious for 5 people and with a care for materials and details that is expected in a model of a higher category. The steering wheel respects the sportier look of the car, with a small and shaped diameter, but to see the instrumentation well you have to get used to it, and possibly orient it in a position a little lower than usual. The 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and adapts well to our pace. On the motorway we take advantage of the sport mode which modifies the suspension and response of the engine, making all the power of the car always available with its 225 HP; while once we arrive at the busy state roads of the Vicenza hinterland we switch to hybrid mode, in which the car’s control unit decides independently how to make the thermal engine communicate with the electric one. The approach to the Palladian monuments forces us to the electric mode, which allows the new 308 hybrid, thanks to the 12.4 kWh battery, to have about sixty km of 100% electric autonomy in the Wltp cycle. The smooth running at low speeds is excellent – what they call acoustic comfort – and in this case the impression is almost that of being transported by an electric car. Driving is comfortable and relaxing thanks to the amount of Adas available, from adaptive cruise control, which is of great help on the motorway, to automatic emergency braking, to the active warning of involuntary crossing of the carriageway, to the electric parking brake. There are two types of chargers on board, suitable for both columns and domestic sockets: using the latter, recharging takes about 7 hours, while with a wallbox or column the estimated time drops to about three hours thanks to the 3 series charger. 6 kW. Time, which is halved using the optional 7.4 kW charger.
The new Peugeot 308 is available in a 5-door sedan version or in the station wagon variant that will arrive during the month of June. Both offered in five versions, as many engines and two transmissions, 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic. The price lists start at 38,150 and 42,850 euros.
TECHNICAL DATA PEUGEOT 308 Plug-in Hybrid 225 e-Eat8 GT Pack
Thermal engine: four-cylinder turbo petrol from 1,598 cc; maximum power 180 Hp (132 kW); maximum torque 250 Nm.
Electric motor: maximum power 110 Hp (81 Kw); maximum torque 320 Nm; battery capacity 12.4 kWh; autonomy about 60 km (Wltp).
Maximum system power: 225 hp (165 kW).
Maximum system torque: 360 Nm.
Exchange: automatic electrified 8-speed automatic.
Refill: with 230 Volt socket, 7 hours; with 3.6 kW wallbox, 3 hours; with optional 7.4 kW charger, 1.5 hours.
Dimensions: length 4.365 mm; width 1,850 mm; height 1,465 mm; pitch 2,680 mm; luggage capacity 361 liters.
Performance: maximum speed 235 km / h; acceleration 0-100 km / h in 7.5 seconds.
Consumption in the combined cycle: 1.1-1.3 liters / 100 km (Wltp).
CO2 emissions in the combined cycle: 24-30 g / km (Wltp).
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