Next 208 lines up electric variant
PEUGEOT WILL RENEW its focus on the supermini market with an all-new 208, due next year. The Ford Fiesta rival will be the next Peugeot to receive an electric variant alongside conventional combustion engines.
Revealing spy shots show the next 208’s production body design under light disguise. It takes inspiration from the current 308 in terms of shape, with details such as the intricate lighting patterns borrowed from the 3008 SUV and 508 saloon.
Under the skin, the new 208 will be the second car to use the PSA Group’s new CMP platform after the DS 3 Crossback small SUV, due to be revealed in the coming weeks. As well as offering improved space and packaging, the platform is being specifically designed to accommodate an EV version (called E-CMP) alongside a range of turbo petrol engines.
It means that the electric 208 will require minimal changes over the standard variant to house an electric motor, and cabin space will be unaffected. A range of more than 300km (186 miles) is promised for the EV, which is expected to be launched soon after the conventionally fuelled supermini. A hot 208 GTI is also on the cards and will be added at a later date.
The next 208 will benefit from an interior overhaul, bringing it up to date with Peugeot’s latest models. The range of driver assist and connectivity technology will be boosted, and quality should rise in line with Peugeot’s desire to become a more premium brand.
SPY SHOT PEUGEOT 208