If you’re looking hard for the Peugeot’s changes, keep your eyes focused on the lower bit of the front grille and the tail lamps, because that’s largely where you’ll find them – this is just a minor refresher from the French car maker.
So what’s new?
EXTERIOR: On top of adding an all-new colour to the line-up (seen above), Peugeot will be offering the new 208 in a total of 13 body colour options – all of which they’re saving to reveal at a later date.
The front bumper is a totally new design that has the black trims encapsulating the front fog lamps, while the higher up, the front grille is slightly wider than before. Around the back, you’ll find Peugeot’s familiar 3D ‘Claw-design’ LED tail lights have now been incorporated.
INTERIOR: Inside, the brand’s i-Cockpit is retained as-is, which keeps its compact steering wheel size, low-positioned instrument clulster, heads-up display and seven-inch touchscreen intact.
TECH: There has been some tech improvements here, with the introduction of an Active City Brake system and Park Assist, alongside a MirrorScreen (a clever way to name a screen mirroring function) feature now added to the host of infotainment features of the touchscreen display.
POWERTRAIN: Engine offerings have been updated as well, with Peugeot introducing a new batch of Euro 6-compliant mills for the ride. They’ve also been paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission which Peugeot calls its EAT6 (Efficient Automatic Transmission) which has been developed by Aisin.
The tunes of a 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel will be available at launch, alongside a string of 1.0 PureTech, 1.2 PureTech and 1.6-litre THP petrol engines in various tunes that offer power outputs from 68hp to 208hp.
NEW GT LINE: Everything that we’ve known to be typically reserved for the top-end GTi model is now available on a new 208 GT Line that Peugeot have just introduced – minus the power. Highlights of the new GT variant include 17-inch CAESIUM diamante alloy wheels, red interior stitching, black exterior trim panels, etc.
GTi: As for the range-topping 208 GTi super hatch, it looks like Peugeot have decided to scheme it according to what was delivered on the special 30th Anniversary model (picture here in two-tone colour). Everything that we saw and liked there, has now become a permanent fixture to the range, displacing the previous Peugeot 208 GTi.