World First For Volume Production Car
The New PEUGEOT 208 has textured paint which is a world first for a mass production car, its manufacturer says. Produced in Ice Grey and Ice Silver, PEUGEOT claims this optional extra ensures its 3/5 door supermini has “even greater individuality”. The paint has a subtly granular feel and the manufacturer says it is hard wearing, resistant to scratching and not be damaged by frequent washing.
During production, the initial coats of anti-corrosion, primer and colour base remain the same as for conventional metallic paint. The “innovation”, Peugeot says, is in the composition and application of the lacquer that incorporates particles of silica and polyamide.
New Peugeot 208 Overview
From June 2015, the New 208 replaces its namesake which is the company's current best seller. New engines include the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel that comes in: 75hp, 100hp and 120hp form. Carbon 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.
Textured paint and revised engines complement a stylish cabin that - like its predecessor – is based on the i-Cockpit theme. It inherits a compact steering wheel, heads-up positioned instruments and 7" touchscreen. Enhancements include a soft-touch dashboard insert and white back lights for the instrument panel and controls.
The New 208 comes – 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 into, and out of, parallel parking bays. The motorist simply operates the throttle, brakes and transmission.