The 2020 Peugeot 208 is now ready. In its new generation, the French subcompact follows in the good steps of the 508 towards a more premium construction, where design, technology, drive options, and quality take center stage. It also debuts an electric variant to fit in with Peugeot’s short-term innovation plans.
The 2020 Peugeot 208 represents more than just mobility from point A to B. The small French hatchback went through a meticulous design process, where there was a lot of influence from the 3008 and 508. In front we will find a grill with strong visual weight, as well as headlights with LED lighting in three pieces, simulating the claws of a lion. At the rear, we will find the black band that runs along the entire trunk lid and joins the skulls, which also show the Peugeot claws in LED.
According to markets, the new 208 will be available in five versions: Like Active, Allure, GT Line, and GT. These last two are crowned as the most striking of the range by incorporating gloss black details for wheel arches and mirror caps. They also mount 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Without specifying the new dimensions yet, Peugeot ensures that the 208 2020 is now longer, wider, and also lower to achieve a more attractive silhouette and an aerodynamic design that contributes to quieter driving and greater efficiency. It includes smooth protections on the underside of the body, low rolling resistance tires, and controlled air intakes.
A new platform that opens the way to electrification
The linchpin of the development of the Peugeot 208 2020 is the new CMP (Common Modular Platform) reserved for the compact and subcompact segments. With this architecture, not only a lighter vehicle is achieved – it loses 30 kg compared to the previous platform – but also better handling achieved and also the possibility of equipping technology of higher categories.
This modular platform also supports different types of propulsion, from heat engines – gasoline or diesel – to electric blocks. Along with the launch of its traditional versions, Peugeot presents the e-208, with 136 hp and 191 lb-ft electric motors, capable of reaching 100 km / h in just 8.1 seconds.
The Peugeot e-208 has a specific suspension tuning and optimal weight distribution to achieve dynamic performance comparable to that of the versions powered by gasoline or diesel. The 50 kWh battery pack is floor mounted, ensuring a low center of gravity. It has three drive modes – Normal, Eco, and Sport – and can travel up to 340 kilometers per charge under the WLTP cycle. With a Wall Box, charging it takes between 5 and 8 hours: in a 100 kW electric station, it can charge 80% in 30 minutes.
In thermal propulsion versions, all engines comply with the Euro 6.demission standard. The gasoline blocks are all 1.2-liter three-cylinder, with power outputs of 72, 100, and 130 hp. There is also a 100-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel variant. It can be configured with a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic.
2022 Peugeot 208 Interior
The spectacular of a concept car reaches the cabin of the Peugeot 208 2020. The brand claims to have been very careful with the selection of materials to achieve smooth surfaces and perfect assemblies. Its charm, however, largely lies in a design that is equally futuristic and ergonomic.
The i-Cockpit interior concept is embodied in the new 208 through a fully digital instrument cluster with 3D design, capable of displaying information in two reading levels, according to importance. Peugeot says that cuts reaction time by half a second. The infotainment system, meanwhile, includes a new display 5, 7, or 10 inches, depending on the version.
Connectivity also plays a leading role, from the integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, to the different functions that can be offered through the MyPeugeot mobile application. From your phone, you can activate thermal preconditioning to remotely cool the car minutes before getting in. You can also access information from the trip computer and, in the case of the e-208, pause or resume charging.
In its more equipped versions, the Peugeot 208 can now get a black headliner, contrasting stitching, eight color options for ambient lighting, dynamic seats, aluminum pedals, and Alcantara / Greval Gray upholstery with 3D technical fabric.
Among the equipment, depending on the version, we will find heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic roof, LED headlights, light and rain sensor, electric parking brake, TomTom navigation system with real-time traffic information, smart key, among others.
The range of driving aids serves the line of semi-autonomous technologies, with systems such as cruise control with stop & go function, automated parking assistant, lane-keeping assistant, driver attention alert, automatic high beams, signal recognition traffic, and blind-spot monitor.