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Peugeot unveils the all-new 208 supermini … plus an e-208 boasting a 211-mile range

By Paul Connolly

Peugeot has officially unveiled its latest 208 model, a car that’s being viewed as uniquely important in the 123-year history of the famous French manufacturer.

With the update the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo rival officially enters its second generation, equipped with a host of new technology, a new design language and a bunch of new powertrain options.

One of these is the all-electric e-208, which officially boasts a 211-mile range and is the first fully electric consumer model in the Peugeot line-up.

The car follows in a long tradition of huge-selling supermini hatchbacks that often have come to define Peugeot, including the 205 (1983-1998), 206 (1998-2006: the best-selling Peugeot of all time) and the 207 (2006-2014).

The new 208 sits on owner the PSA Group’s new CMP platform for smaller cars including the upcoming new Vauxhall Corsa.

It’s 30kg lighter than the outgoing model but, importantly, electric powered versions can roll off the same production line as internal combustion-engined models with little effort.

From launch there’s a choice of petrol, diesel and electric (EV) powertrains, with the zero-emission Peugeot e-208 being the first in a series of 100% electric models, as the group prepares to electrify its entire range by 2023.

The mainstream (for now anyway) new petrol and diesel models 208 have also been developed to limit CO2 emissions.

The chassis features improved aerodynamics, reduced roll resistance and optimised powertrains. Including “cutting-edge” Euro6d petrol engines and Euro6d diesel engines meeting the latest EU emissions standards.

The full petrol & diesel engine range includes a trio of three-cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech petrol powerplants with 75, 100 and 130 PS outputs, and a 4-cylinder BlueHDi 100 1.5-litre diesel engine.

There doesn’t appear, for now anyway, to be any hybrid choices, but the all-electric model is sure to excite widespread interest, particularly amongst both younger and older urban consumers.

With a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery, it is officially claimed to produce a range of up to 211 miles according to stricter new WLTP procedures (although this is unlikely to be reflected in everyday use for real-world consumers).

The e-208 comes with three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. The battery is covered by an 8-year, 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty.

Distributed under the floor plan of the all-new 208, the 220L battery is positioned to allow maximum interior space and boot space to be maintained, matching the capacities of the petrol and diesel versions.

There are three charging methods:

- Charging from a domestic plug: The e-208 charges using a classic domestic plug in 20+ hours for a complete charge

- Accelerated charge at home: The e-208 can be charged more quickly and safely from a dedicated charging point which takes approximately 8 hours for a full charge

- Rapid recharging at a public terminal: 80% of the vehicle charge can reportedly be obtained in 30 minutes from a 100kW charging station.

Charging can activated via a MyPeugeot smartphone app that will also deliver a range of other services including programming the car’s heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting.

External and internal design has been roundly updated, and as you’d expect a host of the latest technology has been bunged into the new model including Driver Assists like – some optional - Adaptive Cruise Control Stop & Go(which takes over driving duties in heavy traffic, below 20 mph), Lane Positioning Assist, Automatic Emergency Brake Assist, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended traffic sign recognition (Stop, No Entry signs) and Active Blind Spot Monitoring (with course correction).

Online orders open at the end of March, with predicted first deliveries by the end of the summer.

There’s no official word on price but expect it to be in or around the £15k mark.

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