Peugeot has finally revealed the first images of the 208, a car to replace their popular, 207. Peugeot want everyone know, that this is not just a reskinned 207. In fact this car has a number of key features that Peugeot hope will put them ahead in this segment of the market.
Peugeot are claiming to have taken inspiration from their late 80s classic, the 205. That car was revered for its low weight and agility, and this new 208 has its sights aimed squarely in the same direction. In its lightest specification, the 208 weighs 975kg, a massive 173kg less than the 207.
The 208 is also significantly smaller than the 207 on the exterior, being 70mm shorter than its predecessor and 10mm lower. However, do not think for one second that this reduction in size will affect the interior. In fact, Peugeot is claiming that inside, the 208 has more space than the 207 and has 15 litres more luggage space than the 207, and 50mm extra legroom.
The interior has been updated significantly, and in my opinion is the best looking part of the car. It is a simple yet stylish design with great emphasis on the use of top quality materials. The dashboard incorporates a smaller steering wheel, elevated instrument cluster and a touchscreen control unit which incorporates entertainment and navigation function, as well as any necessary vehicle dynamics. This touchscreen is available on all the models except the entry-level model. Customers can also choose to personalise the screen in various “skins”.
There are also a few differences with the variety of engines on offer on the 208. Two new petrol engines replace the old 1.4 and 1.6 litre units, with a 1.0 and 1.2 litre units. The 1.0 litre unit is claimed to produce 65.7mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2. No word yet on what sort of power these engines produce, but expect them to produce between 75 and 100bhp.
There are also five diesels on offer, some of which will incorporate Peugeot’s micro-hybrid technology and stop-start technology. Peugeot also claim that the most frugal engine will return 83.1mpg and 87g/km of CO2.
The 208 should be available in about a years time, with the introduction of the GTi varient to follow shortly after.