PARIS -- Peugeot is adding plug-in hybrid options and features such as a motorized hatchback to its latest 308 station wagon to challenge the Skoda Octavia, which dominates compact wagon sales in Europe.
The first deliveries of the new 308 wagon are scheduled for the beginning of 2022, Peugeot said.
The 308 wagon's motorized hatchback can be activated by sweeping a foot under the bumper. Other practical features include the ability to fold down the 40/20/40 split second-row bench seat from controls in the rear cargo area, and a wheelbase that is 55 mm (2.2 inches) longer than the wheelbase of the latest 308 hatchback.
In addition, the rear end features an extended lower skirt for better aerodynamics, and the rear overhang is 210 mm longer.
The wagon's cargo capacity is 608 liters, extending to 1,634 liters with the rear seats folded.
Compared to the current 308 station wagon, the new model is 60 mm longer, at 4,640 mm, and 20 mm lower, at 1,440 mm. Peugeot says better aerodynamics have improved CO2 emissions by 2 grams per km.