Spied: Peugeot 301 Test Mule

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Peugeot's VW Golf rival 301 has just been spotted testing in the wake of the 208 being officially confirmed.

The Peugeot 301 has been spotted undergoing testing a few days after the French company officially announced the 208. Intended to rival the Volkswagen Golf, the 301 will hope to dispel the negative image the 309 brought on Peugeot. For those who remember the 309, it was cancelled in Europe in 1993 and production was sent to India where it was built until 1997. The car depicted in these photos is only a test mule for the 301, meant to be the 308's successor.

It features a slightly shorter and wider wheelbase. It is meant to be lighter and should share the same engines from the Citroen C4 and DS4 along with the 208's motor. The new 3-cylinder family of engines will also fit under the new model's shortened hood. That means gasoline, diesel and diesel hybrid powerplants will all find their way into the new 301. Design is said to be a mixture between the 208 and the SR1 Concept car, revealing a more elegant and compact body than the current 308. The Peugeot 301 is set to launch in 2013.

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