Peugeot charges in

with new 208

Peugeot 208, 2019, front
Peugeot 208, 2019, side
Peugeot 208, 2019, rear
Peugeot e-208, 2019, front
Peugeot e-208, 2019, side
Peugeot e-208, 2019, rear, charging
Peugeot 208, 2019, interior
Peugeot 208, 2019, i-Cockpit instrument panel
Peugeot 208, 2019, display screen

AN all-new version of Peugeot's 208 supermini will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show and the car will be available with both conventional and electric powertrains.

The zero emission battery powered e-208 will be the French car maker's first mainstream electric model as Peugeot prepares to electrify its entire range by 2023.

With a 100kW motor and a 50kWh battery Peugeot says the e-208 will have a range of up to 211 miles.

Looking chunkier than before, the new 208 will also be available with a choice of three PureTech petrol engines and a single BlueHDi diesel.

Eight-speed automatic transmissions will be offered on 100 and 130bhp PureTech models with the entry level 75bhp version and the diesel having manual transmissions.

The PureTech engines are three cylinder 1.2-litre units while the diesel is Peugeot's latest 1.5-litre developing 100bhp.

Built on the latest generation of Peugeot's CMP platform, the new 208 is 30kg lighter than the previous model and comes with improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance to aid emissions.

Automatic models will feature adaptive cruise control while other features available include lane positioning assistance, driver fatigue monitors, automatic headlight dipping, an electronic parking brake and blind spot monitoring.

It is also fitted with Peugeot's i-Cockpit interior which includes a multi-mode instrument panel with either a seven or 10-inch main display screen.

On the outside the new 208 comes has Peugeot's latest front end design first seen on the larger 508 coupe and its SUVs incorporating a large grille flanked by two LED light clusters.

There are also wheel arch protectors and Peugeot's trademark claw-design head and tail lights.

All versions of the car will come with a padded dashboard and the e-208 has grey Alcantara seat upholstery as well as sitting on 17-inch alloys.

Peugeot says the e-208 will have a recharge time of just 30 minutes from a rapid charger or eight hours from a home charging point.

The new cars will be unveiled in Geneva on March 5 and will be on sale in the summer. Prices and full performance data are still to be released.

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