September 2, 2007 Peugeot will provide a glimpse of the new 308 at the Frankfurt International Motorshow under the guise of the 308 SW Prologue. Equipped with an additive-enhanced diesel particulate filter system (DPFS), that reduces CO2 emissions, the 308 SW Prologue combines the strengths of the new 308 hatchback with innovative SW features like the new “wrap-around” rear end which allows for the installation of a third row of seats and improves rear vision.
Peugeot’s SW concept cars first appeared in 2002 with the launch of the 307 SW.The SW is aimed at showcasing the company's attention to detail, practicality, versatility, good interior space and carrying capacity. A key feature of the SW body style is the panoramic glass roof which offers hightened levels of interior brightness and a feeling of space and visibility, particularly for the rear passengers.
The modularity of the vehicle allows the seats to be folded in a variety of ways - the rear seats are identical in size and the three seats in the second row can be spaced in numerous arrangements. The third row can also house these three seats, or accommodate extra “occasional” seats, enabling the vehicle to carry up to 7 people. The front passenger seat can be folded flat into a “desk” configuration, allowing a maximum load length of more than 3 meters if required.
The exterior of the car uses the front-end design of the Peugeot 308 with its recessed aluminium-colored front. The metallic body color of the 308 SW enhances the contours of the vehicle to remarkable effect. The design punctuated by bi-Xenon directional headlamps and an expressive forward-positioned window line includes rear quarter windows that provide visibility to the passengers in the 3rd row. The original design of the rear takes advantage of the hatchback’s architecture by incorporating a wraparound single piece of rear tailgate glass, which tightly fits around the sides of the body. The tailgate glass improves visibility and can be opened independently of the tailgate for easy loading.
The 308 SW Prologue concept car is powered by the 2.0 litre HDi DPFS 100 kW engine equipped with an additive-enhanced diesel particulate filter system (DPFS).