The all-new Peugeot 208 – which the French manufacturer hopes will resurrect its hot-hatch pedigree – has been spied testing ahead of the car’s official unveiling next month.
The supermini, which is codenamed A9, will replace the commercially successful 207 in Peugeot’s range when it goes on sale in the middle of next year.
It is hoped that a range-topping 208 GTI, which will offer 197bhp from a 1.6 turbo engine, will mark a return to traditional performance hatch values for Peugeot.
These test shots of the three-door version largely disguise the styling of the machine, which will borrow design cues from both the 508 saloon and several of the firm’s recent concepts, such as the SR1 roadster and the high-riding HR1 crossover vehicle.
The new car will ditch its predecessor’s oversize nose and grille in favour of the SR1’s sleeker, more elegant look. The spy shots reveal a car with a lower nose and more elegant proportions, despite the disguise.