New 208 will go on sale late this 12 months or initially of 2020All-new 208 arrives with 508-inspired styling and tech, and EV mannequin guarantees 211-mile vary
Peugeot will provide petrol, diesel and electrical energy on its next-generation 208 supermini, which has been revealed in full forward of its public debut on the Geneva motor present.
Round 4cm longer, decrease and 30kg lighter than the automobile it replaces, the brand new 208 will provide a “extra dynamic stance” than the earlier one, in response to Yann Beurel, the 208’s design supervisor, who describes its seems to be as “futuristic and younger”.
The automobile is five-door solely and primarily based on Peugeot’s new CMP (Widespread Modular Platform) structure, which underpins the most recent DS three Crossback. It’ll type the idea for the following Vauxhall Corsa now that Vauxhall-Opel has been built-in into the PSA Group.
Codenamed P21, the brand new 208 will provide its three powertrain choices “with none compromises”, in response to 208 product supervisor Nicolas Bonnardon.
At launch, it’ll include a petroleum 1.2-litre tuned for 75bhp (with a five-speed guide), 99bhp (six-speed guide) or 128bhp (eight-speed automated); a 99bhp 1.5-litre diesel (six-speed guide); and a 136bhp electrical powertrain.
Bonnardon informed Autocar that, on the brand new WLTP legislative drive cycle, the electrical 208 may have a spread of as much as 211 miles due to a 50kWh battery, which may be charged to 80% in 30 minutes.
All variants are front-wheel drive. Batteries for the electrical 208 will sit in an H-section stretching beneath the rear seats, which is the place the gas tank is on internally combusted (ICE) variants, to beneath the entrance seats.
Visually, bar some colouring on the entrance, the badges and the addition of aerodynamic wheel trims, there shall be little or no distinction between ICE and EV 208s as a result of PSA thinks EVs and plug-in hybrids will turn out to be a pure a part of every automobile’s vary.
“We questioned if prospects would need specificity on an EV,” stated Beurel. “However they stated they ‘didn’t desire a flag on the highest’ so the frontal consumption takes physique color, and there’s a blue-green tint on the lion badges.”
Within the UK, trim ranges shall be Energetic, Attract, GT-Line and, unique to the EV, GT. On the GT-Line and GT, the black wheel-arch extensions proven listed below are utilized as a result of the 2 variations get a 12mm-wider observe than lesser 208s. On the GT-Line, it’s for impact solely, however the EV’s powertrain necessitates it as a result of its entrance axle comes with a wider stance. Wheel sizes are 16in or 17in. Peugeot’s designers, like a variety of firms, would favor bigger, however “on this phase, price is necessary”, stated Beurel.
Inside, the 208 will get an replace of Peugeot’s still-controversial i-Cockpit, which incorporates a small steering wheel that tends to sit down beneath or within the line of sight of the instrument pack.
Bar the choice of a night-vision digicam, comfort, driver help and infotainment techniques on provide within the new 208 are the identical as within the greater, costlier 508. However there’s new tools within the 208, too, together with a neat three-dimensional ingredient to the instrument cluster. Utilizing a reflective display screen as in a head-up show, a very powerful information may be delivered to a small display screen in entrance of the principle instrument pack.
“What’s necessary is that it’s not leisure, it’s info,” stated Beurel. “It’s spectacular however it’s actually helpful when driving.”
As well as, the EV model of the 208 options pre-heating and cooling through a smartphone app. All 208s embrace a wrap-around dashboard, with a central 10in touchscreen on higher-trim ranges and a 7in model on lower-trim variants, whereas all automobiles get 4 USB ports.
And if the i-Cockpit format has its critics? “We’ve offered 5 million automobiles with the i-Cockpit,” stated Beurel, “and prospects are telling us that they’re proud of it.”
Q&A with Gilles Vidal, Peugeot design boss
What’s the considering behind the brand new 208’s design?
“Mainly, the concept was to verify we had been doing a horny little scorching hatch, in a contemporary form of means. For those who take a look at 206, 207, 208 alongside the years, the generations turned extra mono-spacey-looking, which was possibly a pattern of the 1990s, 2000s. However right here we needed to have this actually wonderful sexy-looking, four-wheels-in-the-corners cute factor.”
Is that why the windscreen has moved rearwards?
“Certain. And to realize this look, you don’t simply want the silhouette. It’s essential have muscle. Not an excessive amount of, and a few shoulder however not an excessive amount of, and the wheels in every nook, ideally. Therefore the concept of getting these added-on black items.”
What’s it like with out them?
“Whenever you wouldn’t have them, the physique is kind of sculpted, so it casts a powerful shadow and the shape makes the wheel look greater and the wheel proper in every nook of the automobile.”
Is that onerous to realize?
“Within the automotive business, there are extra issues within the nostril so overhangs develop greater and larger. The plain instance is in the event you take a look at Minis: the primary, second and third one. Each time you must add increasingly more materials [to meet safety regulations]. So the concept for us was to trick all these constraints to finish up with a cute little factor with very best proportions as a lot as we may.”
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