Peugeot’s new Ford Fiesta rival will launch next year, with an electric version due to arrive soon after the standard car
5 September 2018

Peugeot will renew its focus on the supermini market with an all-new 208, due next year. The Ford Fiesta rival will be the next Peugeot to receive an electric variant alongside conventional engines.

The launch of the new 208, originally mooted for this year, has been pushed back until early 2019 - with a Geneva motor show unveiling likely. The PSA Group has been prioritising the expansion of DS, alongside a new range of Peugeot SUVs with the 3008 and 5008, plus an all-new 2008 also due next year. 

Revealing new spy shots show the 208’s production design hidden behind a light body camouflage. It’s clear that inspiration for the overall shape has been taken from the larger 308, with details such as the intricate light designs adapted from newer models such as the 3008 SUV and 508 saloon. 

Under the skin, the new 208 will be the second car to utilise PSA’s new CMP (Common Modular Platform), after the DS 3 Crossback small SUV, due to be revealed in the coming weeks. As well as offering improved space and packaging, the platform is being specifically designed to accommodate an EV version (called e-CMP) alongside a range of turbo petrol engines. 

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 we do know a range of over 300km (186 miles) is promised. 

While in theory an electric 208 could launch alongside the standard supermini, it’s expected that the variant will go on sale after the combustion-engined version. Autocar understands that the electric version won't look dramatically different from the conventionally fuelled car. 

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Alongside the new electric variant, the next 208 will benefit from an interior overhaul taking inspiration from cars such as the new 3008. The range of driver assist 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. Rumours suggest it could be offered in both petrol and pure-electric form, allowing customer interest to decide how quickly Peugeot will introduce further electric models.

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5 September 2018

At first glance, it looks more conservative than the outgoing model, with a horizontal, rather than rising, waistline.  Good news for rear seat passengers, although the current 208 isn't the worst offender in this regard.

5 September 2018

 Yeah, most Cars look like each other these Days, I guess there’s no radical shape change on the horizon yet....

Peter Cavellini.

5 September 2018

Perhaps it's a new Vauxhall Corsa prototype digused to look like a Peugeot!!!!!!

6 September 2018

Looks like they've got the proportions right.

6 September 2018
Hope there's going to be a 3 door version.....being tall I don't like sitting next to the door pillar.

6 September 2018

Looks better-proportioned than the current 208 IMO, more chunky, less 'melted'.

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