Due to be unveiled at Geneva this year, the new Peugeot 208 has been spotted on the road. Clad in a highly patterned wrap to disguise its exterior, it appears to sport a prominent front grille and wide-set headlights, as well as Peugeot’s claw-effect taillights. Current rumours also suggest the model will only be available in a five-door guise.
Beneath the undoubtedly contemporary exterior is a new, modular platform which will be light enough to support a fully electric powertrain. Alongside the anticipated petrol engines, the 208 is expected to offer an EV option shortly after its release – and possibly even an all-electric GTi model later on. It’s as yet unclear whether there’ll be any diesels on offer.
Inside, you’ll find the Peugeot i-Cockpit with its innovative dials and instruments, as well as a smaller steering wheel for optimal manoeuvrability. Recently released Peugeot models have taken a step up in terms of interior quality, so critics are anticipating that the 208 will follow suit. The wheelbase of the new model is slightly longer, meaning passengers can enjoy more legroom too.
The new Peugeot 208 is set to offer an extensive array of technology to enhance the drive too, including improved smartphone connectivity and additional multimedia features. A release date has not yet been announced, but it’s likely the model will be in showrooms by the end of the year.