2019 Peugeot 208 GTi Spied With A Stylish New Design

The Peugeot 208 was unveiled nearly seven years ago and now we’re finally getting a good glimpse at the next-generation model.

Snapped undergoing testing in Southern Europe, the redesigned 208 GTi looks pretty promising despite being covered by extensive camouflage. A large part of this is due to the fact that the hatchback will adopt the same design language which debuted on the stylish 508 and 508 SW earlier this year.

Starting up front, the car has a slender grille which is flanked by distinctive lighting units that feature three vertical elements. Further below, there’s a large lower air intake and fang-like LED daytime running lights.

The model has a pronounced front overhang, but it appears the car will have streamlined bodywork and a stylish shoulder line. The hatchback also adopts a more rakish windscreen and a traditional greenhouse.

The rear end is more evolutionary and we can see the 208 will have a large spoiler and 508-inspired taillights. The car also has a dual exhaust system and a license plate area which has been relocated to the bumper.

Peugeot has been tight-lipped about specifications, but the 208 will ride on the new EMP1 architecture which will debut on the DS3 Crossback. Engine options could be shared between the models, but there’s no word on specifics as the DS3 Crossback won’t be unveiled until the Paris Motor Show this fall.

While engine options remain a mystery, Peugeot has already confirmed plans for an electric model which will ride on the e-CMP architecture. The model is expected to have a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that produces around 113 hp (84 kW / 115 PS). This setup may enable the hatchback to travel more than 279 miles (450 km) between recharges.

Peugeot styling guru Gilles Vidal has suggested the electric variant will closely resemble the standard model as he previously stated “We do not need to shout about the fact that this car is the electric version.” He added the upcoming 208 EV will “complement the 208 range, rather than become its own version.”

There have been rumors that the 208 GTi will also be offered in electric guise. That’s unconfirmed at the moment, but it would be interesting to see a small electric performance hatchback.

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  • Jonh Smith

    The 208 gti its a 3 door car that its the 208 gt

    • Christian

      How do you know..lol, the car isn’t out…. I always hated when you tried to (let’s be honest) fuq that Pocahontas girl, Joh n S mith!

    • 59soni

      Many posts have been saying that the 3-door is no more, only 5 from now on.

      • Jonh Smith

        i don’t belive that peugeot its going to change the 208 to only 5 door because its the direct sucessor of 205 gti

        • designer_dick

          They’re not going to go to the expense of developing a 3-door body purely for the GTi. Like the majority of its rivals, it’ll be offered solely as a 5-door.

        • dufonrafal .

          5 doors only, 99.9% sure.

        • They axed the 3-door 208 because of low demand. This’ll be strictly 5-door only. Guarenteed.

    • Miknik

      Given how 3 door cars are a dying bread, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next 208 drops that body style too, like e.g. the Polo, or Ibiza did;

  • NoMan2015

    Why are the headlights so big?! It’s 2018 (nay, 2019) for crying out loud.

  • mihsf

    Inspired by the classic 205 and 206 obviously. Very promising.

    • Jonh Smith

      the 205 gti its only 3 door

  • dufonrafal .

    Pretty sure that’s a GT not GTi (wheel size, tyres, brakes, ground clearance, tailpipes…)

  • PlonPlon

    Already love it!

  • Tinky-Winky

    The front looks a bit like Audi A1 with that camo.

  • Vassilis

    Please also be a 3-door.

  • J-Triumf

    “Stylish”??? Are you kidding me? This isn’t stylish at all, the shape is a huge downgrade. Why does the hood need to be needlessly big and bulgy like that? What happened to the smooth flow of the outgoing generation’s design? I hate this current trend of cab-rearward clunkiness.

  • DM

    No doubt it will be a stunner.

  • Zimny Pawel

    Very interesting…., stylish , lighter and fun to drive like the magnificient 205 GTi ! 🙂

  • jfalckt

    The new Peugeot 208 it surely is, but why is there a GTi in the title here?

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