New Peugeot 208: pics, engines, and electric power plans

The new Peugeot 208 has been revealed, sporting a new platform, engine, and design

Murray Scullion
Apr 26, 2019

Fresh is probably the best way to describe the new 208.

It has new engines, an entirely new platform that will form the basis of future Peugeot and Citroen models, and will be available as an all-electric car (badged e-208) for the first time. In fact, it will be the first fully-electric Peugeot production car to be made by Peugeot, with the brand preparing to make all of its cars electrified in some way by 2023. We know that there was the Peugeot iOn, but that was technically made by Mitsubishi and rebadged by Peugeot.

We digress. This 208 is a big step into the future for Peugeot. It looks like a giant leap in the right direction too. It borrows its looks, and those LED fangs from the new-508 to create a grown-up looking supermini.

Peugeot is aiming for it to be the most complete 208 yet - and is hoping to compete with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

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Highlights include

  • Distinctive design
  • New interior with digital dashboard
  • Smartphone app that can control things like temperature 
  • Latest driver assistances
  • Available with petrol, diesel, or electric power

Key facts

2019 Peugeot 208 reveal date March 2019
2019 Peugeot 208 price from £14,900 (estimated)
2019 Peugeot 208 on sale date Summer 2019 
2019 Peugeot 208 deliveries Early 2020

2019 Peugeot 208 interior

The 208 and e-208 will be the first Peugeots to get a fully digital dashboard. This will be incorporated into Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design philosophy. This means it has a very small steering wheel that makes it feel sporty. Some owners have complained about not being able to see the dials properly in other Peugeot models, so it will be interesting to see if Peugeot has rectified this problem for the car.

The dashboard will be dominated by a floating-style touchscreen display, that will measure in at ten-inches on high-end models, and seven-inches on cheaper ones.

Piano key-style switchgear (as in press down to use) is also used to control some of the heating controls.

 

2019 Peugeot 208 technology

The 2019 208 is set to be the most technologically advanced 208 ever.

Headlining the hi-tech stampede is the new electric version. Range, according to Peugeot, will be 211 miles, and it should charge to 80% in 30 minutes from the most powerful charging stations found in motorway services. From the kind of fast charging point installed at homes, it should take approximately eight hours to charge. A regular three-pin plug will take more than 20 hours.

These figures are unremarkable, but the e-208 should bring electric motoring to the masses, as it will undercut most other electric cars on the market, like the Nissan Leaf. The e-208 will also allow drivers to remotely charge their car via a smartphone app, which can also be used to turn on the car’s heating, air conditioning, and windscreen defrosting remotely.

Expect to see an automatic parking system being incorporated into more expensive models of the e-208 and petrol and diesel versions. It will be able to control acceleration, steering, and braking when entering or leaving a parking space.

The digital dashboard also uses reflections to create three-dimensional looking graphics.

 

2019 Peugeot 208 design

The outgoing model isn’t exactly ugly, but it is beginning to look its age. This new model fits in with Peugeot’s latest design philosophy, which has also bred the sensational looking 508.

At the front there’s a large grille and LED headlights, as well as Peugeot’s new fang-style running lights. On GT Line models (pictured) there will be black sideskirts, as an ode to the iconic Peugeot 205 GTI.

The e-208 gets a few unique touches to distinguish it from the regular 208. Peugeot’s lion mascot on the rear will change colour depending on what angle you’re seeing it from, thanks to a clever type of filter, and it also gets e lettering on the side.

 

2019 Peugeot 208 model range

The 208 range will be distinguishable from the start thanks to two separate entities in the regular 208 and e-208.

Trim levels are yet to be confirmed, but Peugeot tends to use similar trim levels throughout its cars. So expect to see a range that includes base spec Active, posh Allure, sporty looking GT-Line, and eventually a hot-hatch version called the GTI.

Reservations are now open online, following “unprecedented levels” of interest from customers. Reservations can be made with a £500 deposit.

People can place a deposit on the electric e-208, as well as the petrol GT Line PureTech 100 S&S 8-speed automatic, and diesel BlueHDi 100 6-speed manual.

Actual orders can be placed from late summer 2019

 

2019 Peugoet 208 engines

There are a raft of new engines coming to this 208.

All the petrol variants are essentially the same engine in different states of tune. It’s a three-cylinder 1.2-litre unit. The first, and most-likely cheapest offering, will have 75hp and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Next up is a 100hp version available with a six-speed manual gearbox, or an eight-speed automatic. While the most expensive version will have 130hp and will only be available with the automatic gearbox.

There will be one diesel option - a four-cylinder with 100hp and a six-speed manual.

The electric e-208 has a 100kW (134hp) electric motor and a 50kWh battery.

2019 Peugeot 208 review

The car hasn’t been driven by company outsiders yet.

However, initial signs look good. The technology inside is bang up to date, adaptability is high thanks to petrol, diesel, and electric power, and it looks the part too.

Comfort, driving characteristics, and practicality are yet to be seen.
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