New 2019 Peugeot 208: Mk2 supermini makes public debut at Geneva
Small vehicles have at all times held enormous presence inside Peugeot’s line-up however the brand new, second-generation 208 arrives with extra weight on its shoulders than most. That’s as a result of when the brand new mannequin goes on sale this summer time it’ll be the primary ever automotive carrying the Peugeot lion to be provided with a fully-electric powertrain.
• New electrical Peugeot e-208 revealed with 211-mile vary
The Mk2 208 strikes on the PSA Group’s new CMP platform for B and C-segment vehicles, shared with the DS three Crossback and on account of function on a glut of recent fashions throughout the PSA empire – the subsequent Vauxhall Corsa and Citroen C4 to call a pair. The platform itself sheds 30kg over the underpinnings of the earlier technology mannequin, however extra importantly it helps a battery electrical powertrain, which will be built-in on the identical manufacturing line because the petrol and diesel variants of the 208 with little disruption.
Design smart, the brand new 208 is properly distanced from its predecessor and adopts the identical design language as used on the brand new 508. The entrance is outlined by the pair of enormous LED fangs hanging off the brand new headlights, and total the brand new mannequin receives a a lot sportier trying bodykit than earlier than. GT Line vehicles as pictured get flared black wheel arches – a visible nod to the 205 GTI – plus a big black spoiler on the hatch-lid. Each automotive boasts the brand new, distinctive rear finish although, making use of a gloss black insert spanning the width of the tailgate.
It’s an identical story within the cabin, because the 208 contains a fully overhauled inside which is a much more digitalised atmosphere than earlier than. Some more moderen Peugeot inside design parts, such because the liberal use of piano black plastics and the ‘piano key’ type switchgear, are distinguished on the centre console.
The model’s i-Cockpit dashboard structure remains to be used, with a totally digital instrument panel obtainable on high-end variations of the brand new 208. Nonetheless, the digital dashboard is a model new growth as but unseen on another Peugeot. The model calls it 3D i-Cockpit, and it makes use of intelligent reflection to create the impression of three-dimensional graphics. Sitting on prime of the dashboard is a floating touchscreen show. On customary 208s, it’ll measure up seven-inches in measurement, with a ten-inch show that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and built-in navigation on higher-spec vehicles.
Underneath the bonnet, Peugeot has confirmed 5 powertrain decisions from launch. The bottom petrol providing, which we possible received’t obtain within the UK, is the PureTech 75. It’s a three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine growing 74bhp, and sending drive to the entrance wheels by means of a five-speed guide gearbox.
As a substitute, Peugeot’s UK providing is more likely to kick off with the turbocharged PureTech 100, which takes energy as much as 99bhp and provides an additional ratio to the transmission with a six-speed guide as customary. Peugeot’s EAT eight-speed computerized is elective right here, with paddle shifters mounted on the again of the steering wheel. Step up one other degree, and the 128bhp PureTech 130 options the eight-speed computerized transmission as customary.
Diesel is a dying selection in superminis, however the brand new 208 launches with a solitary BlueHDi possibility. The 99bhp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder motor is linked to a six-speed guide gearbox solely. No efficiency, gasoline economic system or CO2 figures have been issued, however the brand new automotive can be homologated below WLTP guidelines.
The massive information below the metallic of the brand new 208 is the battery electrical drivetrain within the e-208, which can be obtainable from launch. The fully-electric variant of the supermini makes use of the e-CMP variant of the brand new CMP platform and is able to 211 miles on a single cost, with the entrance axle powered by a 134bhp electrical motor.
Unsurprisingly, the brand new 208 packs all the newest driver help and security options Peugeot has to supply. Eight-speed computerized variations will be geared up with adaptive cruise management with a whole stop-and-go operate, whereas lane preserve help seems on the 208 too. Autonomous park help makes its debut on the supermini, the system capable of robotically management acceleration, braking and steering when getting into or leaving a parking area. Blind spot help, and up to date velocity restrict and visitors signal recognition system and a driver monitoring system additionally seem on the brand new mannequin.
Order books for the brand new 208 are open now, with first deliveries going down this summer time. We would have to attend a bit of longer within the UK although, and with the brand new platform, engines and tech, the beginning value seems prone to advance on the £14,900 asking value of the present automotive.
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