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Peugeot upgrades safety, tech and engines on 308

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PEUGEOT has given its 308 family hatchback and estate models a mid-life facelift.

The styling has been tweaked to bring it into line with the company's latest models, meaning a new upright grille, front bumper and headlamps, while inside the dashboard and touchscreen have been updated with full smartphone integration and improved sat-nav.

The 308 was awarded a five-star Euro Ncap rating when it was launched and the company has now made more safety equipment available, including the advanced assistance aids launched on the 3008 SUV.

A new 1.5-litre diesel engine with 128bhp  is available and an eight-speed automatic gearbox can now be ordered with the more powerful 178bhp diesel. The three-cylinder petrol engines have also been overhauled and there is a new six-speed manual gearbox.

Peugeot UK managing director David Peel said the 308 was "the complete package" for car buyers, "fusing eye-catching styling, the latest in-car connectivity and up-to-the-minute powertrains".

"Across the board, we've enhanced the 308's unique personality with a strong and high-tech look, and that feeling has been applied inside too with features such as the i-Cockpit bringing seamless connectivity, as well as driver assistance systems that help to take the stress out of driving."

The upgraded 308 will arrive in Northern Ireland showrooms from September.

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