New Peugeot 208: Style, Engines And Equipment
New Peugeot 208 For 2015
The New Peugeot 208 has sharper styling, more fuel efficient engines and superior equipment than its predecessor. This supermini class vehicle replaces the manufacturer's current best seller – the 208 – and is available from June 2015 as a 3/5-door hatchback.
New Peugeot 208: Exterior Styling
The manufacturer claims that the styling is “more assertive and distinctive” and the range's “most obvious” upgrade. It has a revised front bumper, wider grille, deeper chrome finishers, 2-tone headlamps and – in certain forms - a “hi-tech” LED light signature.
Peugeot says that the: “Fresh face creates a new identity which subtly transforms the vehicle, making it more dynamic and more aesthetic on the road.” Furthermore, the rear has new LED light clusters that include the company's 3-dimensional “claws” motif.
New Peugeot 208: Interior Styling
Like its predecessor, the interior has the i-Cockpit theme that combines a compact steering wheel, heads-up positioned instruments and 7" touchscreen. Enhancements include the soft-touch dashboard insert and white back lights for the instrument panel and controls.
New Peugeot 208: Engines
The Peugeot 208 is available with a variety of new engines. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel comes in: 75hp, 100hp and 120hp form. Emissions range from 79g/km to 94g/km which – as these figures fall below the 100g/km threshold - ensures the diesel models can be taxed for free. The BlueHDi also returns up to 94.1mpg which the manufacturer says is a “record for the segment and in the market”.
A turbocharged petrol engine joins the family too. This 1.2-litre, 110hp, unit emits carbon at the rate of 103g/km (6-speed manual gearbox). The New 208 is also available with the 1.0-litre 68hp, and the 1.2-litre 82hp, petrol engine from the outgoing model.
New Peugeot 208: Equipment
The New 208 is available – in certain forms – with a range of equipment that until recently was unheard of in the class. Active City Brake scans the road for hazards then calculates the required stopping distance. It works while travelling at less than 20mph. If the motorist fails to react to (say) a slowing car the system automatically brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
Other highlights include the reserving camera that makes parking easier. The image incorporates coloured lines that show the car's trajectory and size. Even smarter, it has Park Assist that automatically steers into, and out of, parallel parking bays. The motorist simply operates the throttle, brakes and transmission.