Peugeot's second-gen supermini will debut at the Geneva show with a choice of petrol, diesel and EV powertrains

New Peugeot 208: electric variant caught winter testing

New Peugeot 208: electric variant caught winter testing

by Lawrence Allan

1 February 2019

Peugeot’s all-new 208 is due to be unveiled in the coming weeks, and spy photographers have caught the electric version out cold weather testing. 

The Renault Clio rival will be the first supermini on sale available with petrol, diesel and full-EV powertrain choices, and will be revealed in full at the Geneva motor show in March.

While this version looks no different from previous prototypes at first glance, the snappers claim that the prototype was silent while passing. The lack of a rear bumper cutout for the exhaust also shows this car’s battery-powered propulsion.

The launch of the new 208, originally mooted for last, was pushed back until this year The PSA Group has been prioritising the expansion of DS, alongside a new range of Peugeot SUVs with the 3008 and 5008, plus an all-new 2008 also due next year. 

Revealing new spy shots show the 208’s production design hidden behind a light body camouflage. It’s clear that inspiration for the overall shape has been taken from the larger 308, with details such as the intricate light designs adapted from newer models such as the 3008 SUV and 508 saloon. 

New Peugeot 208: electric variant caught winter testing

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Under the skin, the new 208 will be the second car to utilise PSA’s new CMP (Common Modular Platform), after the DS 3 Crossback small SUV. 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 turbocharged petrol engines and, despite falling sales, a diesel option. 

It means that the electric 208 will require minimal changes over the standard variant to accommodate an electric motor, while the battery pack won’t take up any additional space in the cabin. Details of the powertrain’s performance are still under wraps, but we do know a range of over 300km (186 miles) is promised. 

While in theory an electric 208 could launch alongside the standard supermini, it’s expected that the variant will go on sale slightly after the combustion-engined version.

Alongside the new electric variant, the next 208 will benefit from an interior overhaul taking inspiration from cars such as the new 3008. The range of driver assist, infotainment features and connectivity tech will be boosted, while it could be one of the first small cars on the market to be offered with semi-autonomous driving features.

A 208 GTi is also on the cards as a future variant, but won’t arrive for some time. Rumours suggest it could be offered in pure-electric form, allowing customer interest to decide how quickly Peugeot will introduce further electric models. That will depend on how well the standard EV sells, however. 

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Daniel Joseph


5 September 2018

At first glance, it looks more conservative than the outgoing model, with a horizontal, rather than rising, waistline.  Good news for rear seat passengers, although the current 208 isn’t the worst offender in this regard.

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