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Peugeot 208 revamp set to rival its supermini competitors

Peugeot 208 revamp set to rival its supermini competitors

It’s not just body shapes on the catwalk that come and go out of fashion. The contours of the supermini are subject to seasonal changes, too.

Peugeot is developing a new look for its 208 and it’s out with the curves (aka Kate Upton) and in with sharper, crisper, straighter lines (a la Kate Moss).

Even though the 208 was only given a facelift back in 2015, Peugeot is all too aware that the supermini competition is hotting up. Citroen has lined up a new C3 for this summer, whilst modern incarnations of the ever popular Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta are both expected out in 2017.

The new 208 will still be available in three and five-door. It’s profile will mirror that of its big brother, the 308, although its length will remain at 4m. A longer wheelbase, and shorter front and rear overhangs, will go some way to increasing head and legroom inside.

The new 208 will get a new platform – EMP1, developed as a joint enterprise by Peugeot in partnership with PSA’s Chinese manufacturer, Dongfeng.

EMP1 should help the 208 to make significant weight savings – shedding kilos to improve efficiency. In fact, it could be around 100kg lighter, although some of that is likely to be taken up by its new, plusher interior.

The PureTech petrol motors will be three-cylinder turbos, with power ranging from about 70bhp to 150bhp for the 1.2-litre version, whilst a new 1.6 THP petrol in the 208 GTi will offer around 220bhp.

The PSA’s BlueHDi diesel will follow Volkswagen’s lead range by downsizing its 1.6-litre engines to 1.5 litres. It’s anticipated that power outputs will remain broadly the same - between 75bhp and 120bhp, although CO2 emissions will drop to less than 75g/km on eco-focused editions.

Peugeot says it will refine its i-Cockpit, which has previously met with mixed responses… whilst the central infotainment system will also get an upgrade, including better smartphone connectivity and additional multimedia features.

But don’t expect to see anything for at least 18 months. In fact, you may have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2018 - it’s been suggested the new 208 could make its debut there. 

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