2019 Peugeot 208 gets all-electric drivetrain option
The all-new Peugeot 208 has been revealed ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, with this second-gen model set to be offered with an all-electric drivetrain – the e-208.
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It will share its basic platform with the upcoming DS 3 Crossback and Vauxhall Corsa – both of which will also be offered in electric guise. It’s set to come with a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kW battery, allowing a range of up to 211 miles.
From a dedicated charging point which takes approximately 8 hours for a full charge. 80% of the vehicle charge can be obtained in 30 minutes from a 100kW fast-charging station.
But aside from this electrifying news, what else is new?
On the outside, the 208 makes a complete breakaway from its predecessor, and features a much more aggressive look. The rakish front end and rear lights are clearly borrowed from the 508.
The interior is also a massive leap ahead compared to the outgoing model. There’s a new i-Cockpit set-up that dominates the dashboard, with an all-new 3D i-Cockpit digital driver display offered as an option. This is capable of creating the appearance of 3D objects such as buildings on the satnav.
The system is Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-friendly, and all cars come with a 7in touchscreen, although 10in units feature on the higher trims. As well as the aforementioned electric option, the 208 will be available with petrol and diesel engines from launch, too.
The smart chrome ‘piano’ toggle switches we’ve seen on larger Peugeots feature too, and the quality and trim should be much improved as well. A smartphone app can also be used to pre-programme the car’s heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting (on the electric e-208 only).
A large number of safety features are also on offer, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Speed Limit Recognition, Lane Positioning Assist, Full Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Peugeot’s ‘Smartbeam’ automatic headlight dipping.
A 1.2-litre turbo-petrol is likely to be offered in a range of power outputs, while a 1.5-litre diesel will be offered as well – despite the fact it’ll likely be an unpopular choice in the UK. All cars come with a six-speed gearbox as standard, although an eight-speed auto will be available.
Set to launch at the Geneva Motor Show, you’ll be able to reserve a 208 online from March, with orders officially commencing in late summer. We’ll bring you prices, exact specs and lease rates as details are released.
In the meantime you can check out our video reviews of the Peugeot 508 and 5008 on our YouTube channel, or check out lease deals on the outgoing 208 instead.