Next 208 lines up elec­tric vari­ant

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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.


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