The 2019 Peugeot 208 has been spied out on the roads in Europe as it undergoes winter testing. This all new version of the popular hatch will be plowing through the snow over the next couple of months ahead of its official reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This isn’t the first time the next generation 208 has been spotted out on public roads, and we are starting to get some interesting clues about the car.
A Larger Peugeot 208
The current Peugeot 208 price offers a fantastic value proposition for the buyer, but it looks like future 208 drivers will have even more car to play with. The prototypes that we’ve seen previously and the test car show us that this 208 will be larger. It will also include some of the design elements that we’ve seen on Peugeot’s most recent releases. The aesthetic theme that we have seen on the latest 508, 5008 and 3008 models will be continued here.
The Next Generation 208
On the testing car, there is a new two part grille up front that’s flanked by a pair of angular headlights that feature LED diagonal strips. We first saw this headlight configuration on the 508 wagon and sedan. As with those model variants, this gives the next generation 208 an upmarket and aggressive appearance compared to the cute aesthetics of the outgoing models.
The car we see on test is a five door hatch; there are rumours that the three door models will be dropped entirely. This door configuration and the larger dimensions make the car look much longer and wider than the current version. This should also mean that there is more cabin space for the occupants and more storage in the boot.
At the back of the car we now have a chunkier rear end that is fitted with the signature Peugeot “claw” LED tail-lights. The entire car will likely be framed with plenty of chrome touches to pull the whole design together prior to the release.
Under the Skin
The next generation 208 will be riding on the Common Modular Platform (CMP) developed by the PSA Group. This architecture has been designed for comparable cars, and it’s already used to underpin the DS3 Crossback, and it will be used on the new Opel Corsa. In the cabin, there will be the latest “i-Cockpit” digital instrumentation and a new larger infotainment display.
There will be a range of petrol and diesel turbocharged, 3 cylinder and 4 cylinder engines available at release. Like it’s stablemates it’s anticipated that there will be an all-electric power plant available that industry insiders believe will have a 450 km range on a single charge. This would be similar to the specifications that we recently saw on the DS3 Crossback E-Tense, but it’s unclear if it’s the same system.