The E-208, crowned 2020 Car of the Year, has been given a facelift by the French manufacturer Peugeot, and it now comes with a new design, powertrain, and tech features. Oh, and headlamps straight out of the Le Mans 9X8 hypercar.
Besides garnering accolades and a decent review from us, too, while still being Europe’s best-selling electric car in the B-segment in 2022, why did Peugeot feel the need to update this supermini all-electric, which also comes in petrol and diesel drivetrains?
Well, it’s done with keeping up, “the new updates ensuring it will remain a favourite with buyers,” in Peugeot’s own words.
Jérôme Micheron, Peugeot Product Director said: “Working on a model as iconic and successful as the 208 is always a tall order. Our aim was to take the design and performance of the 208 to a higher level while preserving the soul of this model in order to remain at the top of B-segment sales in Europe. The new 208 is more 208 than ever: more feline, more fun to drive, more technological, and all-in-all, more irresistible.”
New E-208 models come with a new 115kW (156bhp) electric motor and 51kWh battery capable of up to 248 miles between charges. A 7.4kW single-phase charger will be supplied as standard on all E-208 models, while a three-phase 11kW charger is also available as an option.
There’s fast charging, too. A 20-80 per cent charge is estimated to take less than 25 minutes when using a 100kW rapid charger, extending to 4hrs and 40 minutes when using a 7.4kW charger.
And in a completely new offering, the E-208 is also available as a hybrid for the first time. It’ll be equipped with two new 48V Hybrid powertrains comprising PureTech 100bhp and 136bhp petrol engines combined with an electric motor.
Thanks to a battery that recharges during driving, this technology offers extra torque at low revs and up to 15 per cent lower fuel consumption. In urban driving, the new hybrids can operate for more than 50 per cent of the time in 100 per cent zero-emission electric mode.
Plus, as promised, the new striking grille and headlights are inspired by the French carmaker’s 9X8 Hypercar, used in one of the world’s biggest races, the 24 hours of Le Mans.
“The three long vertical light claws are a distinctive element of this signature and are integrated into the gloss black inserts on the bumper. They have been shifted towards the outer edge of the car and help to give the 208 a broader appearance,” says Peugeot.
The E-208 also reinvents the brand’s familiar rear light signature comprising of three individual red claws now arranged horizontally.
The model is available in seven body colours, two of which are new. Agueda Yellow is new for 208 while Selenium Grey has been added for the first time.
Inside, Peugeot has introduced an even more advanced, connected and ergonomic version of its iconic i-Cockpit, first introduced in the original 208. The instrument panel is ideally located at the driver’s eye level and features a digital display. The large 10-inch touchscreen can now be found standard across all 208 models which is a significant upgrade over the previous 7-inch screen.
At the heart of the i-Cockpit® sits the compact steering wheel offering unequalled agility and precision and now incorporating the new Peugeot shield at its centre.
New 208 models equipped with PEUGEOT’s five and six-speed manual transmissions have a new gear shifter design for improved ergonomics. E-208 and 208 automatic versions retain the elegant ‘e-Toggle’ design introduced last year.
Oh and also, drivers have a choice of eight colours to set their preferred interior ambience, just like pretty much almost every other new model introduced nowadays.
To make it easier for customers to find the right model, Peugeot has streamlined the choice of trims available across the E-208 with the model available in Active, Allure, and GT. Orders for the new E-208 will open in October 2023.