The Peugeot 208 is the company’s best selling car, and three years after its launch an upgraded model has been revealed just over a week before the Geneva Motor Show in March. There have been some noticeable styling tweaks on the new 208: at the front there is a new bumper as well as a wider grille, making the whole car seem wider in itself with a more dynamic and purposeful look. This new design is further enhanced by new two-tone headlamps with black and chrome masks with an LED light signature. At the rear you will find redesigned LED light clusters, as a part of Peugeot’s 3D ‘claws’ motif. There is also exclusive new 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels which are available across the range. Chrome door mirror shells are also standard on the 208 from the Allure trim upwards, asserting the notion of a more upmarket and desirable product.
Inside not a huge amount has changed – it keeps Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ design which debuted in the 208 when it launched in 2012. The wheel is now trimmed in full-grain leather from Active trim or higher, and the soft touch moulded dashboard strip has new graining in higher specification models.
The intuitive seven-inch touch screen remains in the 208 from Active trim and allows access to features such as navigation, audio, telephone, internet and vehicle information. Connectivity is available through Bluetooth, USB and mobile applications whilst the Peugeot Connect Apps system has been upgraded. Also available is MirrorScreen which allows the user to show the screen on their smartphone on the display, which is brand new to the 208. It also come with Active City Brake which works when travelling under 20mph as well as a reversing camera.
Peugeot are also striving to offer the best options for personalisation amongst it’s competitors. It is now available in 13 different colours including the new metallic Orange Power which may appeal to a younger audience and gives an exciting and fresh perspective on the car. There are also exterior personalisation packs for the first time, such as Menthol White. Each pack consists of an equaliser grille with stamped 3D effect, gloss black grille finisher, gloss black front fog lamp finishers with laser engraved coloured lines, coloured PEUGEOT lettering on the front and back, Perla Nera black door mirror shells and coloured side repeaters.
The 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine is available in three different power levels. The first two produce 75 and 100bhp and are coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox which allows it to achieve a very impressive 94.1mpg, the best in its class in fact, as well as coming with Stop-Start technology. The third version produces 120bhp and also comes with Stop-Start and a six-speed manual gearbox.
Finally, the 208 GTI 30th anniversary has now become a permanent part of the range and is rebranded as the ‘GTI by Peugeot Sport’ as well as the 208 GT Line featuring as a striking new level of trim across the range. Final pricing for all of the models are yet to be announced with first deliveries coming to the UK in June.