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The old Peugeot 308 goes electric in China

While the new generation has started in France, the previous Peugeot 308 continues its career in China in electric under the Dongfeng brand.

The news of Peugeot compacts revolves around the 3rd generation of 308. But that does not mean that the ancestry is put back in the closet! China continues to sell the old 308, in a never-before-seen version.

New out of old

Consequently, the new Chinese Peugeot 308 is neither new, nor a Peugeot. Because the partner of the French manufacturer, Dongfeng, likes to take over his models. It is a classic agreement, which started in 1995 with the Citroën ZX “Fukang”, and continues today. Among the local curiosities, we find the 308 in a Peugeot 408 trunk sedan version. Until then, this vehicle opted for 1.2-liter 136 hp and 1.6-liter 170 hp petrol engines.

In 2022, Dongfeng decided to design his own model on this basis, measuring 4.75m. New grille, specific logo, the style is identical, but with a small difference: it is electric. The compact thus becomes the Dongfeng Fukang ES600.

Technically, the brand remains discreet about the information. On the other hand, we learn that the engine develops 110 kW (150 horsepower)

, more than the European models. Its maximum speed would be 140 km / h, for a total weight of 1,573 kg.

A real electric Peugeot 308 in 2023?

Chinese creation for China, Dongfeng Fukang ES600 has no future in Europe. However, Peugeot is going to market a 100% electric motorized 308 in France. This has been the brand’s promise since last March, via the voice of product manager Agnès Tesson-Faget.

This future Peugeot e-308 should use the STLA Medium platform (ex-eVMP at PSA), and not the current e-CMP like the Citroën ë-C4. The latter only offers a 100 kW motor and a 50 kWh battery. The new base thus seems more realistic in terms of performance and autonomy to titillate the Renault Mégane E-Tech (up to 220 hp and 470 km). In return, the release date will be end of 2023 at best, or even 2024. The reason is to give priority to the new Peugeot e-3008, the first to use the platform.

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