Peugeot’s new 208 will arrive in dealer showrooms just in time for the January 2020 registration plate, writes Trish Whelan.
Available from launch with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains, the new 208 will have the latest-generation i-Cockpit and 3D head-up display, together with a range of driving aids usually reserved for more expensive models.
The new model is available with a 5, 7 or 10-inch touch screen, depending on trim and options selected.
Buyers will have a choice of Euro6, three petrol powertrains (1.2 75bhp manual, 1.2 100bhp manual or 8-speed automatic, and 1.2 130bhp 8-speed automatic) and a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp manual.
Built on Peugeot’s new common modular production platform, the new model is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. C02 emissions are reduced through weight reduction (30kg lighter), improved aerodynamics and reduced roll resistance.
With Drive Assist, the new 208 comes with best-in-segment generation driving aids, available as standard or as an option. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Cruise Control Stop & Go, Full Park Assist with Flank-guard, Active Blind Spot Monitoring and electric parking brake, among others.
The new 100 per cent electric Peugeot e-208 will be available from launch. Interior and boot-space are identical to the Internal Combustion Engine versions with the batteries distributed under the floor plan. The 100 KW (136bhp) electric engine develops 260 Nm of torque from 0 km/h for instant response.
Three drive modes are Eco, Normal and Sport. The e-208 delivers 0-100km/h in 8.1 secs in Sport Model. Drive range is up to 340km (WLTP certification). The battery is guaranteed for eight years or 160,000 km.
Three charge modes are possible: via a conventional domestic socket, or for a full charge in 16 hours using a heavy-duty Legrand Green UpT socket; from a Wall Box providing a full charge in 5 hours 15 minutes using the three-phase version (11 kW) or in 8 hours for the single-phase (7.4kW) version; using a 100kW DC public charging terminal, 80 per cent of the charge is reached in 30 minutes.
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