The Peugeot 208 GTi Concept has been joined at the Geneva motor show by a luxurious version of the French firm’s new supermini called the Peugeot 208 XY Concept. The XY Concept is Peugeot’s answer to sister firm Citroën’s DS3, promising a high-class exterior look and a plush interior with materials not normally associated with a car of its size.
Adding a highly customisable premium exterior and interior skin to ordinary mechanical underpinnings provides potentially lucrative margins, as typified with the DS3. Officially, the XY is a concept but it confirms Peugeot’s intentions to adopt a similar strategy with the 208.
Peugeot claims the 208 XY is aimed at “city dwellers that love distinction and refinement”. Its most distinguishing exterior feature is its special ‘Pulsion’ paintwork, which appears to change colour depending on the angle it is viewed at. The concept has received 16 coats of paints and lacquer to aid the effect.
Other exterior features include special chrome-effect 18in alloys, chrome trim for panoramic glass roof, lower window line and three-bar front grille and its surround, and the flared wheelarches and wider side sills from the GTi. The XY’s exterior makeover is finished off with striking LED front headlights that are surrounded by the indicators to give the appearance of the pupil of an eye.