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World premiere for all-new Peugeot 208 and e-208 in Geneva

The French car maker will unveil the all-new Peugeot 208 at the Geneva Motor Show, with a choice of petrol, diesel and electric (EV) powertrains set to be available from launch

Peugeot will unveil the all-new Peugeot 208 at the Geneva Motor Show, with a choice of petrol, diesel and electric (EV) powertrains set to be available from launch.

The zero-emission Peugeot e-208 is the first in a series of 100 per cent electric models, as Peugeot prepares to electrify its entire range by 2023.

With a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery producing a range of up to 211 miles according to WLTP procedures, the e-208 comes with three driving modes: Eco, to optimise range, Normal, optimising comfort, and Sport, allowing the driver to prioritise performance. The 220L battery is covered by an 8-year, 100,000 mile manufacturer warranty; it is positioned to allow maximum interior space and boot space, matching the capacities of the petrol and diesel versions.

Three charging methods are available: from a domestic plug a complete charge is achieved in 20+ hours; but with ‘accelerated charge’ from a dedicated charging point at home it takes about 8 hours for a full charge (in the UK, government subsidies are available to support this – something the Cyprus authorities should consider if they are serious about encouraging cleaner mobility).

Rapid recharging at a public 100kW charging station allows for 80% of the vehicle charge to be obtained in just 30 minutes.

Drivers can remotely activate the charging of their car via the Connected 3D Navigation colour touchscreen or by using the MyPeugeot smartphone app, which can also be used to pre-programme the car’s heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting.

The new petrol and diesel 208s have also been developed to limit CO2 emissions. Built on the latest generation CMP platform, the new 208 is 30kg lighter than the previous model and comes with improved aerodynamics, reduced roll resistance and optimised powertrains. It is fitted with Euro6d petrol engines and Euro6d diesel engines, both meeting the latest EU emissions standards.

The full range includes 3-cylinder, 1.2L petrol engines: the PureTech 75 S&S 5-speed manual, PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic and PureTech 130 S&S 8 speed automatic.
There’s also a BlueHDi 100 S&S 6-speed manual 4-cylinder, 1.5L diesel engine.

Peugeot Driver Assist provides all the latest driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control, Stop & Go with the 8-speed automatic gearbox (or Adaptive Cruise Control Stop & Go), the latter taking over driving duties in heavy traffic, below 30km/h. Lane Positioning Assist helps keep the car in the centre of the lane, Full Park Assist (with the 8-speed automatic gearbox) automatically manages steering, acceleration and braking when entering or leaving a parking space and Automatic Emergency Brake Assist detects pedestrians and cyclists and warns of a risk of collision.

Smartbeam automatic headlight dipping and Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation are other features.

Both the 208 and e-208 feature the new Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit® which offers “agile and intuitive driving with a compact multifunction steering wheel, configurable head-up display, capacitive 7” or 10″ HD colour touchscreen (according to version) and the 7 satin chrome ‘piano’ toggle switches”.

All driving information can be easily accessed through the 3D digital instrument panel and can also be projected, like a hologram, via the colour touchscreen

All driving information can be easily accessed through the 3D digital instrument panel and can also be projected, like a hologram, via the colour touchscreen.

Technological aids provided also include TomTom® Traffic, Connected 3D Navigation and Peugeot Mirror Screen® functionality, compatible with MirrorLink®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto connectivity.

Throughout the range the dashboard is padded and the central section features a carbon finish.

There’s also plenty of storage space, with a large storage area under the armrest between the front seats, an easy-access tray in front of the gear lever and concealable storage space in the central console that can be used for charging a smartphone.

David Peel, Managing Director of Peugeot UK says: “Our work with the all-new Peugeot 208 and e-208 is a great representation of how we are pushing the brand forward to operate in the upcoming age of electric vehicles. Both the standard and electric version of the all-new Peugeot 208 have been developed to be more economical, environmentally friendly and practical for drivers in 2019 and beyond to give customers the freedom of choice without compromise.

“We are all so excited at Peugeot to be building towards our goal of a full electric range by 2023, and the all-new Peugeot e-208 is a great step in cementing Peugeot’s foothold in the ever-growing EV market.”

The all-new 208 will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

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