Touted as being a transitional model for Peugeot released under the #UNBORINGTHEFUTURE campaign, the new 208 rates as one of the first models to be underpinned by PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), also set to be used by the next Opel Corsa, and which is claimed to be some 30kg lighter than the old EMP1.
Incorporating styling heavily influenced by the 508 with the same claw-effect full-LED headlights that cuts into the bumper, bulging wheel arches, new grille and 3D claw-motif taillights taken from the 5008 with a full-width blacked-out panel, the interior gets Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit layout highlighted by a digital instrument cluster, more premium materials, a new steering wheel and a freestanding infotainment system that comes in three sizes; five, seven or 10-inches, boasting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirror Link, up to four USB ports and satellite navigation.
Depending on the trim level, Peugeot has also extensively upgraded the 208’s safety and driver assistance systems to include Active Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Monitor.
Along with the lighter platform, which the automaker claims has resulted in a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels, the 208’s range of engines has been cut from six to two with petrol power coming from the familiar 1.2-litre turbocharged PureTech triple in three states of tune; 56kW, 74kW and 96kW and diesel motivation from the 1.5-litre BlueHDi that punches out 74kW.
While the entry-level petrol is once again matched to a five-speed manual gearbox, the remaining motors are paired to a six-speed automatic, though an eight-speed automatic is optional on the 74kW petrol and standard on the 96kW variant.
The biggest addition though is the e-208 that comes with a 50kWh electric motor allowing for a range of 340km as per the Worldwide Harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) requirements, and which can be charged in 16 hours using a traditional 12-volt socket, or in five hours 15min using an 11kW Wall Box.
Outputting 100kW/260Nm, therefore making it the most powerful model in the 208 line-up, the e-208 also comes with three driving modes; Eco, Normal and Sport and will, according to Peugeot, get from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds. Using a rapid charging electric terminal meanwhile allows the battery to be charged up to 80% in half-an-hour, while boot space is kept unchanged from the petrol and diesel models at 220-litres.
In Europe, the 208 will be offered in five trim levels; Like, Active, Allure, GT and GT-Line with the latter receiving gloss black wheel arches, the full-LED headlights, a black roof liner, aluminium pedals, eight ambient interior colours, sport seats and unique 17-inch alloy wheels with screw-in custom inserts claimed o trim un-sprung mass by 3.6kg.
Also offered in three new colours, Elixir Red, Metallic Faro Yellow and Triple Coat Vertigo Blue, the 208 is expected to arrive in dealerships across the Old Continent soon after debuting in Geneva, though local availability remains to be unconfirmed.