The Peugeot 208 has been a success story here in Australia, and many drivers are keen to learn about the next generation models. In 2019 Peugeot is set to release the second generation 208, which promises even more evolutionary styling underpinned by an all new modular architecture. Recently, this car was spotted during a period of hot weather testing conducted in Southern Europe. Let’s see what we’ve learned about this future release and speculate about some of the details.
The New Peugeot 208
The Peugeot 208 second generation prototype was spotted on the road and as we’ve come to expect it was decked out in a camouflage pattern. This makes it harder to pick out specific details to keep the car industry guessing and keep the competition in the dark. However, the shape and some of the styling features are visible, and we can see that the current styling theme will continue. The overall shape is very similar; the rear doors look very similar to those found on the current generation 206 and 207. The tail-light graphics seem to be more like the ones found on the 508 and 3008, which were redesigned recently.
The New Common Modular Platform (CMP)
There were other spy photos taken of an earlier version of the 2019 Peugeot 208. These clearly showed that this car will be slightly wider and have a longer wheelbase than the current model. In fact, the new 208 will be one of the first cars to be based on the new CMP. The CMP was jointly developed with Dongfeng, which is a PSA Group major shareholder and their partner in China.
An Electric Drivetrain?
The new CMP will also be used by the new Opel Corsa, and this will be the first Corsa developed in house by PSA after a recent acquisition from GM. The platform will be used on many models destined for the Chinese market, including the latest Citroen C3. This is important for other markets because of the possible powertrain implications. The CMP is fully capable of supporting an electric drivetrain, and this could be useful moving forward. All of the car manufacturers using the CMP will be able to introduce more electric drivetrain variants than they could in the past. In fact, this is part of Peugeot’s company strategy, and this was confirmed earlier this year by Jean-Pierre Imparato the head of Peugeot branding. It was made clear that Peugeot is set to introduce electric drivetrain options on most of their core vehicle lines instead of developing dedicated EV models. So, it should be interesting to see what developments occur in the coming months.
If you’re considering a new Peugeot 208, you should call in and see us. The Perth City Peugeot team would be delighted to arrange your test drive, discuss finance offers and walk you through the latest deals. You’ll find our sales staff ready to answer any questions or queries to help you with all aspects of your new Peugeot purchase.