Peugeot 308 CC 1.6 litre HDi

Convertible-lovers who want lower emissions now have another car to choose from, as Peugeot launches the 308 CC with a new diesel engine that manages 53.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

The 308 CC will actually be the first model in the Peugeot range to benefit from the new 1.6 litre HDi FAP 112 bhp diesel engine.

In case you need reminding, FAP means diesel particulate emission filter (it’s not an obvious abbreviation), and the car comes as standard with one.

This new engine has been designed to meet the requirements of the new Euro 5 emission standards. It also benefits from a number of improvements over the current 110 bhp unit with improved performance in terms of flexibility and responsiveness, as well as noise reduction, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Over half of the engine’s components are new, and it features ‘Extreme Combustion Chamber System’ (ECCS) technology. This dramatic-sounding name results in a number of benefits including a lower compression ratio, which helps to reduced emissions such as NOx (Nitrogen Oxide), which is a key contributor to poor air quality.

It also has a new common rail injection system with new piezo-electric injectors and the engine management software has also been redesigned to help with improved performance, reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and quieter combustion. The result is a top speed of 119 mph and a zero to 62 mph time of 12.2 seconds, in addition to the good economy and emissions figures.

The new engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, will be available in the 308 CC in both Sport and SE trim levels and will be known as the HDi 112. The HDi 112 Sport costs £21,095 and the HDi 112 SE costs £21,995.