Peugeot launched commercially in Argentina a visual upgrade of the 308 and 408. Although other international markets there is already a new generation, in Mercosur we chose to upgrade to the first
F hey were the major developments that Peugeot took the last Motor Show in Buenos Aires and now were released commercially in Argentina. It is the aesthetic renovation of the Peugeot 308 and Peugeot 408 produced in the Argentina plant in the town of El Palomar.
Peugeot returns to cheat in South America, where outsiders are not such situations. It happened with the Peugeot 206, when the Lion brand decided to call it 207 Compact , based on a restyling that tried liken to 207 European and now recurs with 308 and 408, two products produced on an old platform , which in major world markets and had a generational change. It is also true that this is not something typical of Peugeot, but something that also occurs with other brands.
The 308 and 408 updated its front, but occur on a platform that was already renewed in Europe.
However, most of its direct competitors available in the region about the same as in the rest of the world, something that undoubtedly makes Peugeot disadvantage. In recent form both Ford Focus as the Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Corlolla were updated to offer the same advances in the old continent, just to name some of its main rivals.
Despite their different platform, both aesthetically hatchback 308 as the 408 sedan have a visual that is specific to the region and differs subtly with the model sold in other global markets. Visual disturbances mainly affect the front, where optical groups, which now incorporates the grill inside the emblem of the brand, as so are new taillights were renewed.
In the cabin there are some new, since in the most equipped versions will offer a renewed system of information and entertainment equipped with touch screen and built-in browser, which now stands the screen in center console.
Mechanically there are also new, since the HDi units equipped with thrusters and THP, now associated with a new six-speed manual transmission . Turn the automatic box Tiptronic six marches, now has two modes of operation called Sport which emphasizes sportsmanship and Eco that favors energy use .
The Argentina range of 308 and 408 is articulated on four levels referred to finish Active, Allure, Allure and Feline Plus . Its equipment includes ABS brakes with EBD dual front airbags, ISOFIX and rear disc brakes on all four wheels. The most equipped versions added electronic stability control (ESP) and side curtain airbags and, among some of the most notable elements.
Sports variants disappeared, but kept the 1.6 THP engine with 163 hp.
Meanwhile the new infotainment system now includes a 7-inch touch screen located in the center console with integrated browser that can display the images captured by the camera back, which also it debuts with the 2016
Prices in Argentina started just below the 230 thousand pesos , corresponding to 408 Active 1.6 with 115 hp and manual transmission . For the 308 with the same mechanics will have to pay something more than 234 000 pesos . Given that PSA is offering products that are one step below its competitors in terms of modernity, maybe they should have thought a little tune pencil.
At the moment, Peugeot Argentina does not think to offer the new generation of 308 launched months ago Europe, as well nor the new generation of 408 , which is already available in the Chinese market , although it would be strange that both can be offered in the future, in addition to the higher part of the range.
|Peugeot 308 Active 1.6 115 hp MT5||$ 234,500|
|Peugeot 308 Allure 1.6 115 hp MT5||$ 264,200|
|Peugeot 308 1.6 HDI 115 hp Allure MT6||$ 287,400|
|Peugeot 308 Allure 2.0 Plus 143 hp MT5||$ 292,000|
|Feline Peugeot 308 1.6 THP 163 hp MT6||$ 308,000|
|Feline Peugeot 308 1.6 THP 163 hp Tiptronic AT6||$ 316,550|
|Feline Peugeot 308 1.6 HDi 115 hp MT6||$ 316,550|
|Peugeot 408 Active 1.6 115 hp MT5||$ 229,500|
|Peugeot 408 Allure 2.0 143 hp MT5||$ 269,500|
|Peugeot 408 1.6 HDI 115 hp Allure MT6||$ 289,600|
|Plus Peugeot 408 Allure 1.6 THP 163 hp MT6||$ 308,000|
|Feline Peugeot 408 1.6 THP 163 hp Tiptronic AT6||$ 316,550|
|Feline Peugeot 408 1.6 HDi 115 hp MT6||$ 316,550|