New Peugeot 208 range set to break new ground

The new Peugeot 208.
The new Peugeot 208.

Peugeot has unveiled initial details of the new 208 range. Available from launch with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains, the new 208 breaks new ground with the latest-generation i-Cockpit and 3D head-up display, together with a range of driving aids usually reserved for prestige models.

The new car is due in Ireland in early 2020 with a sleek, quality design and high-end look that is perfectly in keeping with the Peugeot brand’s upmarket strategy.

In terms of traditional combustion engines, there will be a choice of 3 petrol engines; 1.2 litre 75bhp manual, 1.2 litre 100bhp manual or 8-speed automatic and 1.2 litre 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp manual. CO2 emissions are reduced through weight reduction (30 kg lighter), improved aerodynamics and reduced roll resistance.

In terms of electric, the new Peugeot e-208 comes with a 100% electric engine, also available from launch with similar interior and boot-space as the other versions; the batteries are distributed under the floor pan so as not to take space away from the interior or boot.

The 100 KW (136 bhp) electric engine develops 260 Nm of torque from 0 km/h, for instant reactivity. With three drive modes on offer, (Eco, Normal and Sport, the e-208 delivers 0 to 100kmh in 8.1s in Sport Mode. Range is up to 340km, in accordance with the latest WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures) certification. This battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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