Peugeot Reveal New 208

Originally Published: July 2019
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The new hatch will come in petrol, diesel and EV versions

Peugeot's small hatch has been reborn, with a striking new look, new petrol and diesel engines and zero emission e-208 model, too.

To be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the 208 is expected to hit the market with all three powertrains available from the outset – this as part of the brand's aims to electrify its entire range by 2023.

The e-208 features a 100kW motor and a 50kW battery that offer a possible range of 211-miles and three driving modes to prioritise either longevity or frivolity or toe the line betwixt the two. Peugeot are covering the battery with an eight year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Situated beneath the floor of the 208, the 220-litre battery doesn't hinder the interior space in comparison to the versions powered by internal combustion engines.

From a domestic plug, the e-208 takes over 20-hours to go from empty to full capacity, whereas if a dedicated charging point is installed, a complete recharge time drops to eight hours (these charging points are supported by government subsidies), whereas at a 100kE charging station, a rapid charge can take the battery from 0 to 80% in half an hour. Charging can be remotely controlled via the MyPeugeot companion app which also gives control of the in-vehicle heating settings and the heated seats – on models where they are equipped.

Peugeot offer a variety of services for EVs, and a variety of ways to charge the e-208. The range includes heavy-duty sockets and wallboxes that are smart and otherwise. They also offer diagnostic assessments to find which system would suit you best. The Free2Move service offered provides drivers with a charge pass that gives them access to public charging spots across Europe and even pre-select terminals according to distance, speed and price of recharging in specific locations. This particular service also offers trip planning for longer journeys that proposes routes that account for charging stations en route, sending them to the screen of the multimedia system. The e-208 will also feature E-coaching – a asset of the MyPeugeot app that provides advice on how to increase efficiency and range on the road.

Combustion engined 208s tip the scales 30kg lighter than their predecessors, and also features superior aerodynamics and lower rolling resistance that, along with the revised powertrains, makes them cleaner and more efficient.

The petrol offerings are all three cylinder units of 1.2-litres, plus they're stop-start enabled. Variations include 75bhp combined with a five-speed manual, 100bhp and either a six-speed stick or an eight-speed auto and finally a 130bhp version exclusively with the automatic 'box. The solitary diesel option is a 1.5-litre, stop-start enabled unit in conjunction with a six-notch manual.

Driver assists across the range include adaptive cruise control with stop and go capabilities, lane positioning assistance, automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, automatic headlight dimming, speed limit recognition and active blind spot monitoring. models with the eight-speed automatic transmission also feature full parking assist, which manages steering, throttle and braking inputs to get the vehicle into, or out of, a selected parking space.

The new interior has been designed so all key controls are clearly in the driver's view, with a cabin than prioritises space and practicality – plus it is French so it's stylish, too.

A large area beneath the front central armrest, plus the tray in front of the gear lever and an added compartment within the centre console, that can be used for charging compatible smartphones, ensure that the little car has plenty of stowage space.

The dash is padded and around the seven or 10-inch touchscreen there's a carbon finish that also surrounds the 3D i-Cockpit driver display unit.

Following its reveal at the Geneva Motor Show at the start of March, an online reservation site will open shortly afterwards and orders will open in late summer 2019.

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