Peugeot has dropped official details on its redesigned 208 hatchback confirming a new fully electric version ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new 208 hatchback is built on PSA’s Common Modular Platform that boasts both electric as well as gasoline powertrains. For its new generation, Peugeot has dropped the three-door body type, offering it only as a five-door model.
With a rapid charging portal the 208 can attain up to 80 per cent charge in about 30 minutes.
The conventional combustion engine comes in four guises: three petrol, and one diesel mill. Occupying the top rung is the PureTech engine that puts out 130hp through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the lower, 75- and 100-hp models are available with a manual transmission.
The big deal with the new 208 lineup, however, is the new e-208 which has a WLTP range of 339km. A 50kWh battery pack that is situated under the floorpan powers the electric motor driving the car. Surprisingly, Peugeot claims that both the ICE versions and the e-208 will feature similar cargo capacity. The electric motor on the EV is capable of yielding 136hp and 260Nm of torque. It will clock triple-digit speed in 8.1 seconds.
When plugged into a home-fitted charging point the 208 can be fully charged in five to eight hours. However, with a 100-kW rapid charging outlet, the car can attain up to 80 per cent charge in about 30 minutes.
The new 208 gets gets a two-level “i-Cockpit” dynamic gauge cluster with HUD-style features.
The new 208 lineup comes with a host of driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, full parking assist, automatic emergency brake assist, driver attention monitoring and automatic headlight dipping and others. It gets a two-level “i-Cockpit” dynamic gauge cluster with HUD-style features that lift crucial information onto another pad.
Unusually for a hatchback, the Peugeot 208 features a “pared-back” windshield, which allows for a longer hood— the opposite of a cab-forward design.