The Chunky New Peugeot 208 Just Landed, And You Can Have It As An EV

Peugeot's all-new supermini has been revealed ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, and it's available with an all-electric powertrain
The Chunky New Peugeot 208 Just Landed, And You Can Have It As An EV

Well, this is a nice, unexpectedly chunky surprise, isn’t it? You’re looking at the latest Peugeot 208, and in a segment full of cars that aren’t exactly bold in the styling department, the French machine should stand out well with its short overhangs and those huge light bars on its 508-like face. We dig it.

It’ll come with the usual complement of internal combustion engines, with buyers given the choice of a 1.2-litre inline-three petrol with either 73, 98 or 128bhp, plus a 98bhp 1.5-litre inline-four diesel. Arguably more interesting, however, is the electric version.

The Chunky New Peugeot 208 Just Landed, And You Can Have It As An EV

Rather imaginatively called the ‘e-208’, it’s driven by a 100kW motor. This motor is powered by a 50kWh battery which sits neatly under the floor, giving the electric 208 the same luggage capacity as its conventionally-powered siblings.

Peugeot hasn’t given any performance figures for the e-208 (or the fossil-fuelled versions, for that matter), but the company has revealed that it’ll do 211 miles on the WLTP cycle. Not bad at all.

The Chunky New Peugeot 208 Just Landed, And You Can Have It As An EV

When it comes to topping up the battery, you’re looking at a tedious 20 hours to fully charge via a standard UK plug socket, a much more reasonable eight hours when using a home-installed wall box, or just 30 minutes for an 80 per cent fill at a 100kW public charger.

The Chunky New Peugeot 208 Just Landed, And You Can Have It As An EV

The 508 inspiration continues inside, with a cabin that looks very much like a downsized version of the saloon’s, and that’s no bad thing. A digital instrument cluster is paired with a seven-inch central touchscreen, which can be increased to 10-inches in the options menu. Peugeot has stuck with its controversial binnacle-over-wheel layout here, though.

There will inevitably be a 208 GTI at some stage, which has the potential to be very, very good. The base 208 is 30kg lighter than the old one, making it a great starting point, and the punchy new shape will no doubt look great with sporty addendum. And let’s not forget how sharp the final versions of the previous-generation 208 GTI were.

As for the standard version of the 208, it’ll make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week, before going on sale late summer 2019.



The old 208 looked so much nicer

02/25/2019 - 11:53 |
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Tomislav Celić

Not to be that guy but battery pack is in kWh not kW. kW is power (and it has to be over 100 if the motor is 100 kW) but kWh is energy

At full power the motor would waste the battery pack in less than half an hour. That’s why we use kWh - kilo Watts hour.

Edit: why downvotes? If Matt said a V8 Mustang has an engine with a displacement of 5 horsepower instead of liters, ya wouldn’t downvote me. CT constantly makes mistakes with this

02/25/2019 - 11:55 |
18 | 10

Kilowatt per hour would be kW/h though. kWh is power*time

02/25/2019 - 12:30 |
0 | 0

This is brilliant, looking forward to seeing these on the road. My lord, if they do a GTi with a hybrid powertrain…

02/25/2019 - 12:24 |
6 | 4

The front looks great! Looking forward to the GTi version.

02/25/2019 - 12:25 |
42 | 0
RWB Dude

In reply to by Lauge

I’m more looking forward to the rally spec

02/25/2019 - 16:12 |
8 | 0

Shouldn’t it be a 209?

02/25/2019 - 12:28 |
14 | 0

Peugeot stopped giving a shit years ago.

02/25/2019 - 13:01 |
30 | 0

Can someone pls explain what the last number means? Whats the difference between 208 and 209? Thanks :)

02/25/2019 - 13:18 |
8 | 0

Theyve been adapting citroen naming tactics for their own models so now only major changes get a new number while smaller ones get a roman numeral added to the end

02/25/2019 - 14:01 |
2 | 0

They already had a 309 since the 309 was supposed to be a Talbot but Talbot went down before they could release the car so they gave it a special number and made it a Peugeot. So they can’t go into 9’s because of the 309. Also if they did go into 9’s then they would have to go back to X01 since they copyrighted the pattern. if they went with 210 or 310 Porsche would throw a fit about it.

Also 8 is a lucky number in china so they figured why the hell not.

02/25/2019 - 14:23 |
4 | 0

Peugeot stopped increment their model numbers for … reasons
I may be wrong but I think this is for legal reasons

from now on it is going to be only —8 cars.

03/02/2019 - 14:01 |
0 | 0

I want it in yellow.

02/25/2019 - 12:38 |
2 | 0
RWB Dude

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I want it in Rally Spec… that is if they make one

02/25/2019 - 13:58 |
4 | 0

211 miles?

Impressive feat not going to lie.

and it just looks so cute!
thank god peugeot have stopped the unspeakable monstrosities that were literally anything they made from 2005-2012

02/25/2019 - 14:24 |
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Griffin Mackenzie


02/25/2019 - 15:36 |
2 | 8

I am still waiting for the stronger kW batteries to become more mainstream

02/25/2019 - 16:05 |
2 | 0



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