It’s going to be a busy yr for the B-segment hatchback market, with a number of new fashions set to be revealed in 2019. The primary of those is the Peugeot 208, which has been redesigned from the bottom as much as compete with the most recent Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.
Don’t be fooled by the reused moniker, a primary for a Peugeot supermini – this can be a correct roof-to-tyres makeover. It rides on the PSA Group’s new Widespread Modular Platform (CMP) structure, and for the primary time will probably be designed with full electrification in thoughts. However extra on that later.
First, let’s speak seems, and what a hanging design that is, borrowing lots of its design cues from the brand new 508 sedan. As with the bigger mannequin, the headlights get dramatic gentle guides that attain down the total peak of the bumper, and sure variants even get full-LED “three-claw” lamps. The big six-point grille has been made sharper, framed by a U-shaped air consumption and topped by the 208 badge.
The windscreen, in the meantime, has been pushed again to present the 208 an extended nostril, and the distinctive scalloped sides and vertical quarter gentle home windows present a little bit of visible curiosity. You’ll additionally get gloss black wheel arches on GT Line and GT variations, which include 17-inch alloy wheels with screw-in aero shrouds.
Transferring to the rear of the automotive, there’s a full-width gloss black panel very similar to the 508, 3008 and 5008, carrying the tail lights which, once more, have a “three-claw” design. The quantity plate recess has been moved into the bumper, the place you’ll additionally discover the non-obligatory gloss black diffuser with twin tailpipes.
The color palette now consists of metallic Faro yellow, triple-coat Vertigo blue and an Elixir crimson with a colored clear coat, however sadly the previous-generation‘s good-looking three-door mannequin isn’t any extra – it’s five-door solely from right here on out.
The unique 208 debuted Peugeot’s i-Cockpit inside idea, and this newest mannequin takes it to an entire new degree. You continue to get a high-mounted instrument cluster above a small steering wheel, however now you can get a holographic three-dimensional digital show as an choice.
What’s extra, the centre touchscreen is bigger, accessible in five-, seven- and ten-inch variations, relying on the variant. Consumers can specify TomTom navigation, a Mirror Display operate that helps MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and as much as 4 USB sockets – together with one Sort C outlet.
Peugeot has additionally launched quite a few additional storage areas, together with one within the centre console the place you’ll be able to both cost your cellphone wirelessly or prop it upright utilizing the underside of the lid. A soft-touch dashboard is fitted on the second-tier Lively mannequin and above.
Security-wise, the 208 comes with all the most recent applied sciences, together with autonomous emergency braking (with day and evening pedestrian and bicycle owner detection), energetic cruise management (with stop-and-go on computerized fashions), lane positioning help, energetic lane/verge protecting help, full park help, blind spot monitoring, visitors signal recognition and auto excessive beam. There’s additionally an digital parking brake to interchange the handbook handbrake.
Peugeot says that with the CMP structure, the corporate has managed to restrict the 208’s carbon dioxide emissions, due to a weight saving of as much as 30 kg, improved aerodynamics, lowered rolling resistance and optimised powertrains. It additionally claims lowered noise and vibration ranges with this automotive.
The engine lineup has been trimmed, with only one petrol engine accessible – it’s the 1.2 litre PureTech three-cylinder mill that’s provided in 75 hp, 100 hp and 130 hp variants, all with computerized engine begin/cease and paired to both a five-speed handbook gearbox (75 hp), a six-speed handbook (100 hp) or a brand new eight-speed auto (100 hp, 130 hp). Sure markets (learn: most likely ours) will get a six-speed auto as a substitute.
Diesel consumers can punt for the 100 hp 1.5 litre BlueHDi four-pot, however the true large information is the supply of a brand new all-electric model known as the e-208. This one produces 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque from its single electrical motor, will get from zero to 100 km/h in eight.1 seconds and, most impressively, will ship a variety of as much as 340 km on the newer, extra stringent WLTP cycle.
Higher but, the 50 kWh battery, which takes up 220 litres of quantity, slots below the ground pan with no compromise in inside and boot house. Charging takes 16 hours by means of a home socket, or 5 hours and 15 minutes by means of a 11 kW three-phase wall field (eight hours for 11 kW single-phase). Alternatively, drivers may make the most of 100 kW public chargers that can present 80% of cost in 30 minutes.
The e-208 is differentiated from its fossil-fuelled siblings by way of a body-coloured grille, dichroic blue lion badging, 17-inch alloys with distinctive inserts and Alcantara/Greval gray upholstery with a 3D mesh knit.
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