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.