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One of Europe’s oldest supermini’s having bowed back in 2012, Peugeot is gearing up for the unveiling of the all-new 208 next year as indicated by the first batch of spy images showing it undergoing testing.

While decked-out in a combination of black, grey and white masking and rolling on black alloy wheels, the images taken by Autocar sees the 208 drawing visual inspiration from the 5008 in the form of the claw-motif headlights and the now widely used U-shaped grille spilt by the number plate. Despite being mostly obscured by the disguise, the rear provides a subtle hint of what to expect thanks to the same claw-pattern lights as on the 308 and 3008.

In addition to its exterior, the 208 will also be new underneath where the aging PF1 platform, that can trace its roots back to the 206, will make way for the new CMP that will soon also underpin the all-new Opel Corsa, and which will also be adapted for electric vehicle usage.

According to the publication, the electric model will allegedly have a range of some 300km, and join a range of otherwise normally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines with a turbodiesel likely to continue. In a related claim, reports that the new platform will cut the 208’s weight by around 100kg and that the newcomer will only be available as a five-door due to the growing unpopularity of three-door bodystyles.

Expected to receive the same i-Cockpit interior as the 308 and possibly the 508, the 208 will once again feature a performance GTI model at some stage, although according to reports, in both petrol and pure-electric forms.

No world debut as yet been revealed, but expect the 208 to possibly premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

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