Peugeot will exhibit all of its long term small-car technologies with all the next-generation Peugeot 208 supermini, that will usher in an all-new chassis and fresh engines when it helps make its debut in 2018.
The present 208 was facelifted in 2015, but the brand knows rival Citroen is lining up a whole new C3 for this summer, with new versions in the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta also expected in 2017.
The 208’s wheel sizes range from 15in steel wheels over the entry-level car to 18in alloys around the GTi versions. Sad to say, the trip is unpleasant on even the smallest rims, and it purely gets worse with more substantial ones fitted. At reduced speeds normal United Kingdom road surface scars send shudders by way of the 208 to jostle individuals onboard. Issues improve at greater speeds, though the 208 nonetheless isn’t a patch within the best-riding modest vehicles, this kind of as the Ford Fiesta.
This is certainly one of the 208’s strongest facets. Even though none in the chrome accents dotted with regards to the wheel and dash is actual chrome, they’re no less than convincing. Other than the entry-level model, the leather steering wheel itself also feels superior top quality.
On just about every trim thereafter, Peugeot incorporates a 7.0in touchscreen as typical. It’s fairly bright and crisp, with modern-day on-screen graphics, nonetheless it is not responsive enough. You often obtain by yourself double-clicking buttons in frustration just to click a thing else. You’ll find also pretty a few click as well as drag motions expected, which can be fiddly about the move.
The engine line-up will deliver new generations of PSA’s BlueHDi diesel and PureTech petrol motors. The petrols are anticipated to get three-cylinder turbos, with energy starting from about 70bhp as much as just about 150bhp for the 1.2-litre version. There may even be whole new 1.6 THP petrol from the 208 GTi, supplying close to 220bhp.
The diesel range will get an even larger shake-up, as PSA follows the VW Group’s lead in downsizing its 1.6-litre engines to 1.5 litres. Count on electrical power outputs to stay broadly the identical, at amongst 75bhp and 120bhp, but CO2 emissions to fall to significantly less than 75g/km on eco-focused editions.
French sources suggest the new 208 could make this new car a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2018