Described by the French firm as a concept car previewing 'a future 308 model', it's hard to find any lines to read between: this is essentially the next-generation SW version of the 308 hatchback.

Peugeot will be introducing their new 308 hatchback at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, coinciding with its international launch across the continent. But debuting alongside the bravely-styled new mid-sized hatch will be the 308 SW Prologue concept car.

Described by the French firm as a concept car previewing 'a future 308 model', it's hard to find any lines to read between: this is essentially the next-generation SW version of the 308 hatchback. This 'Prologue to an SW' continues with the 'individual' design features first showcased in the SW estate concept of 2002 and later in the production model 307 SW.

While adopting the Peugeot 308's trademark family front-end, the SW incorporates a 'very original' wrap-around design at the rear, allowing the installation of a third row of seats. Peugeot maintain that this new SW takes the model's very meaning several steps further, symbolising further practicality and versatility while asserting its own personality.

Higher quality interiors are on their way, with the Prologue concept featuring linen and sandstone coloured silk on the seats and door trims, while a bright and airy atmosphere is created by the Prologue's panoramic glass sunroof. Door handles, instruments and air vents are finished with sprayed nickel, adding a 'touch of class' to the SW's 'very simple and fluid' new interior.

Powered by a 136 bhp 2.0-litre HDi unit, the 308 SW Prologue concept car offers 'genuine driving pleasure' without comprimising on CO2 reductions. The production 308 SW is likely to enter showrooms early to mid-2008.

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