Peugeot 308 SW coming to Australia in 2022

Peugeot has locked in the slinky but sensible 308 SW for Australia, but it's not going to be here until late in 2022.

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The 2022 Peugeot 308 SW has been revealed, and will join its hatchback sibling in Australia during 2022.

Local specifications are still to be confirmed, although the 308 hatchback should provide a guide when it arrives in the first quarter of 2022.

At 4.64m long and packing 608L of boot space with the rear seats in place (and 1634L with them folded), the 308 SW will go head-to-head with the Volkswagen Golf Wagon and Skoda Octavia Wagon in Australia.

Under the skin is an evolution of the EMP2 platform from the current model.

Unlike the hatchback, however, the wagon’s wheelbase remains unchanged in the switch from 2021 to 2022.

The body is 60mm longer than before, the roof has been lowered by 20mm, and the windscreen is more aggressively raked to create a more dramatic look.

Headlining the new engine range is a pair of plug-in hybrids. The first combines a 132kW petrol engine with an 81kW electric motor, and has 59km of electric range on the WLTP test cycle from its 12.4kWh battery pack.

The second has a 110kW petrol engine instead of the 132kW unit, and offers 60km of all-electric motoring.

Also available in Europe are three-cylinder petrol engines with 82kW and 97kW of power, and a turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 97kW.

Although local details haven’t been confirmed, it’s likely Australia will get the 97kW petrol engine. The base engine isn’t available with an automatic, while diesel small cars sales are waning rapidly Down Under.

It’s not yet clear if the plug-in hybrid will make the trip to Australia, but the 3008 and 508 PHEV have both been confirmed for local showrooms.

Inside, the 308 follows closely in the footsteps of the new Peugeot 2008 with its iCockpit layout.

The dashboard is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the driver is faced with another customisable 10-inch display.

Beneath the central screen is a row of touch-based shortcut switches which can be customised by the driver. There’s also piano-style toggles at the base of the centre console.

Wireless phone charging and an array of USB-C ports all feature.

A full range of active safety assists will feature, including semi-autonomous lane change for the adaptive cruise, long-range blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new reversing camera and surround-view camera.

As you’d expect, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, and auto high-beam also feature.

MORE: Peugeot 308 news and reviews

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