Peugeot’s family of 308 compact vehicles has just welcomed its second member after the traditional hatch in the form of the 308 SW (Station Wagon).
The estate version of the 308 is 4,580mm long (180.3in) and 1,470mm tall (57.9in), boasting a boot capacity of 610 liters (21.5 cubic feet). That is pretty close to the segment’s leader, the Honda Civic Tourer, which has a 624-liter boot (22 cubic feet).
Furthermore, the seats are folded with a single action from inside the boot and form a perfectly flat floor.
There are no surprises in terms of design, as the 308 SW features the same styling language as the hatchback. The most obvious difference is the addition of the third lateral window and the larger taillights. On the inside, the Peugeot i-Cockpit is carried over from the hatchback with no changes.
Just like the 308 hatchback, the 308 SW is based on Peugeot’s new Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), which uses weight saving solutions. This is why the 308 SW is 140 kg (308.6 lbs) lighter overall than its predecessor. As a result, Peugeot says the estate is more fun to drive too.
The 308 SW will be available with the same range of Euro 6 petrol anddiesel engines from the hatchback, including a BlueHDI version that emits just 85 g CO2 per kilometer.
The car will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, with sales scheduled to start in France during spring followed shortly after by other European countries.
By Dan Mihalascu