Nasim has officially launched the Peugeot 308 CC in Malaysia.Priced at RM 186,888 (OTR pricing with insurance), the 308 CC already has 15 bookings in the bag.Two body colour choices are available, these being Pearl White (with contrasting Integral Vintage leather for the interior) and Mocha Brown (with what is a very exotic sounding Luxury Grey Lama leather interior).
Visually, The front of the 308 CC features a steeper-sloped front windscreen and a more distinctive sports bumper which differentiates the coupe cabriolet from its other siblings in the 308 family.Sharing the same chassis as the 308 hatchback, the 308 CC comes with extra chassis stiffening to cope with the loss of rigidity without a permanent roof structure.
Driving the front-wheel-drive Peugeot coupe-cabriolet is the 156 hp, 240 Nm 1.6-litre Prince engine, equipped with twin-scroll turbocharging and direct injection, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and a Sport mode. The engine, co-developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen and BMW, is also used in the 308 Turbo, 3008 and 5008.
Inside, the 308 CC features a premium leather interior designed in the tradition of prestige cabriolets, a retractable high resolution7-inch 16:9 LCD screen and a JBL Hi-Fi system which is connected to a 240 watt amplifier and 10 speakers.
Safety is also a key characteristic of the 308 CC. With a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating, the 308 CC has six airbags which include the world’s first side head airbags which are housed in the seat and deployed laterally from the head restraint.
Other safety features standard on the 308 CC includes ESP, ABS, EBD, EBA, Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR), Dynamic Stability Control and two ISOFIX location points at the rear seats.
The Peugeot 308 CC naturally follows on from the 307 CC but has improved enormously in terms of specification, comfort and ease of use. Of course, the benefits from a folding, hard roof over a ‘soft-top’, are security and all year round comfort. The time taken to get from open air to fully enclosed has been reduced to 20 seconds, even at driving speeds up to 12 km/h.The 308 CC boot space volume is 465 litres with the top up, and 266 litres with the roof folded.
The rear end also features new light clusters comprising diagonal rows of LED lights, following the edge of the boot lid. They are very bright, but unfortunately the indicator sections are sandwiched between and therefore difficult to distinguish from the two red LED bands when they are all illuminated or when braking. Apart from that, they work very well and certainly attract attention, as do the two rear diffusers that encroach into the lower bumper, making the Peugeot 308 CC look like a more expensive car.