Three years after its launch, the Peugeot 208 – the brand’s best-selling model – has benfited from a substantial upgrade to, the automaker says, "enhance and boost its appeal over the competition".
Though already saaid to be an advanced and innovative design the new 208 has been finessed in many key areas, among them more-assertive styling, body colours and personalisation options. New equipment, Peugeot says, will make city driving easier, safer with assistance and lifestyle systems such as self-braking and a reversing camera.
New PureTech and BlueHDi engines claim to meet the latest Euro6 emissions limits with "the world’s most economical internal combustion engine" offering record low CO2 emissions of only 79g/km. The 208 range has also grown with the GT Line and GTi by Peugeot Sport models.
The new Peugeot 208 will be unveiled on March 3 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show with, first deliveries mid-year.
The most obvious upgrade is to the 208’s styling, described by the automaker as "distinctive". "The new front bumper creates a sharper and more precise line with a wider grille and deeper chrome finisher that is now fully integrated. The new look is supported by new two-tone headlamps, with black and chrome masks and a hi-tech LED light signature."
The rear LED light clusters have been redesigned to include Peugeot’s 3D ‘claws’ motif. The sculpted sides and chromed window frames have been retained but the cars now have new 16 and 17" wheel options across the range.
Enhancements have been made to improve cabin comfort. The steering wheel now has full-grain leather and the soft moulded facia strip – another standard item now has graining on higher-spec units.
The 208’s 18cm touch-screen remains standard from Active trim level to show audio choices satnav, phone, vehicle information and internet. On-board connectivity using Bluetooth, USB and mobile applications via Peugeot Connect applications has been upgraded.
New is MirrorScreen which projects a smart phone's display and can use all its applications.
Access to apps depends on whether the vehicle is moving or stationary.
Personalisation is a now a deciding factor in many small car purchases, Peugeot believes, so for the first time exterior personalisation packs are now available for various bodywork effects. The range of colours and paint finishes has expanded and 13 colours.
The revised engine line-up means all versions of the Peugeot 208 meet stringent Euro6 emissions standards. BlueHDi technology claims to be the most effective diesel emissions control system on the market and every version of the new 208 is below 95g/km of CO2.
The 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine is now available with three power choices. The first two are the 75 and 100 S&S, which are coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and capable of impressive economy of three litres/100km - a claimed record for the segment and in the market. The third is the 120 S&S which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox which produces only 94g/km of CO2.
Following the launch of the naturally aspirated one-litre PureTech 51kW and 1.2 PureTech 62kW engines, the PureTech family of three-cylinder petrol engines is expanded with the 1.2-litre turbocharged PureTech 82kW S&S version. Coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox, this engine achieves CO2 emissions of 103g/km.
The new 208 is available from launch with the new EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox, which uses Quickshift technology allowing for faster changes. With official CO2 emissions of 104g/km, the 1.2-litre PureTech 82kW S&S EAT6 will be the reference in terms of a petrol automatic transmission in its segment.
The revised Peugeot continues its move up-market with the arrival of a new trim level specification – GT Line. Following the lead of the larger 308, it adopts many of the styling attributes of the iconic GTi model.
Available in three and five-door versions, the 208 GT Line is available with a choice of three engines, diesel or petrol with various states of tune. It also has a gloss black grille and front foglight finishers, with 17" Caesium diamante alloy rims, Perla Nera black door mirror shells, chromed window frames and a chromed exhaust finisher.
Following the success of the 208 GTi 30, the most exclusive and radical GTi is now included as part of the range. Uniquely badged as 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport, it has a lowered ride height, wider track, 18" rims, matt-black exterior features, sport front seats, red mats and two-tone paintwork.
High-performance components include Brembo front brakes, Torsen differential, tuned suspension and steering settings with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The UK's right-hand drive range has eight models.