The all-new 2019 Peugeot 208 has brought its striking good looks to the Geneva Motor Show and looks right at home with the marque’s larger models.
Underpinning all 2019 Peugeot 208 models is the company’s Common Modular Platform (CMP) which helps ensure the new supermini is 30 kg (66 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model. In a sign of the times, the fastest and most powerful variant of the new 208 is electric.
Dubbed the Peugeot e-208, this model features a compact 50 kWh battery pack and an electric motor delivering 136 hp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. The e-208 can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a brisk 8.1 seconds and the battery, mounted under the floor, allows for a range of 211 miles (340 km) under the WLTP cycle. The e-208 supports 100 kW rapid charging which top ups the battery to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.
A selection of diesel and petrol versions will also be offered. Sitting at the base of the range is a 1.2-liter petrol-powered model with 75 hp and a five-speed manual transmission. A 100 hp petrol model with a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto will be introduced in the near future alongside a 130 hp version. The sole diesel announced is a 1.5-liter unit that has 100 hp and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The redesigned supermini takes inspiration from larger Peugeot models in the looks department, particularly the latest 508. Much of the cabin is also familiar as there’s a similar setup as to what’s found in the 508, including an equally-as-small steering wheel and the company’s i-Cockpit infotainment and gauge cluster system.