What seem to be official press photographs of Peugeot’s all-new 208 have leaked on-line, days away from the automobile’s unveiling.
The photographs, leaked onto a French automotive information website, present the entrance and rear design of the automobile, plus give us a glimpse of the inside. They reveal the supermini’s design takes inspiration from the 508 and 3008, with distinctive ‘fang’-like LED daytime operating lights and a wraparound rear much like the model’s SUV.
The inside once more borrows a lot from the 208’s bigger siblings, with a big central touchscreen and piano-key shortcut buttons, plus a digital instrument show.
The Renault Clio rival would be the first supermini on sale accessible with petrol, diesel and full-EV powertrain selections, and can make its first public debut on the Geneva motor present in March.
The launch of the brand new 208, initially mooted for final yr, was pushed again till this yr. The PSA Group has been prioritising the enlargement of DS, alongside a brand new vary of Peugeot SUVs with the 3008 and 5008, plus an all-new 2008 additionally due subsequent yr.
Revealing new spy photographs present the 208’s manufacturing design hidden behind a lightweight physique camouflage. It’s clear that inspiration for the general form has been taken from the bigger 308, with particulars such because the intricate gentle designs tailored from newer fashions such because the 3008 SUV and 508 saloon.
Beneath the pores and skin, the brand new 208 would be the second automobile to utilise PSA’s new CMP (Frequent Modular Platform), after the DS three Crossback small SUV. In addition to providing improved area and packaging, the platform is being particularly designed to accommodate an EV model (known as e-CMP) alongside a variety of turbocharged petrol engines and, regardless of falling gross sales, a diesel choice.
It implies that the electrical 208 would require minimal adjustments over the usual variant to accommodate an electrical motor, whereas the battery pack received’t take up any extra area within the cabin. Particulars of the powertrain’s efficiency are nonetheless underneath wraps, however we do know a variety of over 300km (186 miles) is promised.
Whereas in concept an electrical 208 might launch alongside the usual supermini, it’s anticipated that the variant will go on sale barely after the combustion-engined model.
Alongside the brand new electrical variant, the subsequent 208 will profit from an inside overhaul taking inspiration from automobiles comparable to the brand new 3008. The vary of driver help, infotainment options and connectivity tech will probably be boosted, whereas it may very well be one of many first small automobiles in the marketplace to be supplied with semi-autonomous driving options.
A 208 GTi can be on the playing cards as a future variant, however will not arrive for a while. Rumours counsel it may very well be supplied in pure-electric kind, permitting buyer curiosity to determine how rapidly Peugeot will introduce additional electrical fashions. That can rely on how nicely the usual EV sells, nonetheless.
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