The launch of the new 208, originally mooted for last year, was pushed back until this year. The PSA Group has been prioritising the expansion of the DS brand, alongside a new range of Peugeot SUVs with the 3008 and 5008, plus an all-new 2008 that's due next year.
Under the skin, the new 208 is the second car to utilise PSA’s new CMP (Common Modular Platform), after the DS 3 Crossback small SUV. As well as offering improved space and packaging, the platform has been specifically designed to accommodate an electric version (called e-CMP) alongside a range of turbocharged petrol engines and, despite falling sales, a diesel option.
It means that the electric 208 will require minimal changes over the standard variant to accommodate an electric motor, while the battery pack won’t take up any additional space in the cabin. Details of the powertrain’s performance are still under wraps, but a range of more than 300km (186 miles) is promised.
While the electric 208 could in theory be launched alongside the standard supermini, it’s expected that the variant will go on sale slightly after the combustion-engined versions.
The new 208 will also benefit from an interior overhaul that takes inspiration from cars such as the new 3008. The range of driver assist, infotainment features and connectivity tech will be boosted, while it could be one of the first small cars on the market to be offered with semi-autonomous driving features.
A 208 GTi is also on the cards as a future variant, but it won't arrive for some time. Rumours suggest it could be offered in electric form, allowing customer interest to decide how quickly Peugeot will introduce further electric models. That will depend on how well the standard 208 EV sells, though.
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