2012 Peugeot 208: first photos and specs emerge on the web

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

A set of images of the Peugeot 208, a new supermini rival in Europe, has been leaked. In a video that the French automaker started broadcasting again last week, it said that it will make an exciting announcement on Nov. 2. But these images and some details about the proportions and specifications came out one day before.

The 207 is bigger and better than the 206 but it was never been that successful. It now seems that Peugeot has built a proper successor to the iconic 205. Its proportions are amazing, particularly in its two-door configuration where it appears similar to the Citroen’s DS3. With a length of 3,975 mm, the 208 is smaller than the 207.

It’s a lot like the Citroen DS3’s 3,950 mm. The new supermini lost much of the added proportions mostly in its nose overhang and about 110kg (250 lbs) of kerb weight. It wheelbase is the same as the 207 but Peugeot has made the interior dimensions slightly bigger. It will also be much greener since it will be offered with a choice of two three-cylinder engines -- a 1.0-liter with 75 hp and a 1.2-liter with 100 hp.

The diesel range offers a lot of e-HDi units as well, producing as much as 140 hp. Furthermore, there will be an RC (GTi in the UK) with a 1.6-liter 154 hp in the base form and more than 200 hp in the RC Racing form. It’s possible that there will be C3/DS3 under the skin too.

Compared with Peugeot 207, the Peugeot 208 is narrower by less than 2cm and is shorter by less than 1cm.

This is to give way for improved aerodynamics efficiency. Here’s the thing: In most models, the adjustment in volume also involves redesigning the spoiler and underbody shields to meet certain requirements. The best models so far give better CO2 emissions, lower fuel consumption and as low as 0.21 drag and 0.61 CdA value. The new Peugeot has all of these.

Peugeot 208’s internal code name (A9 project) aptly describes the model as “agile, sensuous, athletic, intuitive, concentrated energy, generation jump”. But what does it mean anyway? It’s fairly simple. What these aesthetic codes are trying to suggest is that the 208 has placed the volumes in proper places (i.e. windscreen pillars, fluidic sculpture between the bonnet, shorter overhangs and the compact profile of the vehicle). Or maybe in other words, the Marque has finally taken a big step in re-inventing itself and comes up with a new masterpiece. And that is the Peugeot 208, finally.

As expected, Peugeot’s DNA runs in the veins of the new Peugeot 208. The front fascia shows the same captivating expression that we have often seen. Needless to say, the cat-like appearance only gets better with time. The new foglamps, headlights and daytime running lights have one way or the other enhanced these features all the more.

Aesthetics wise, the grille remains every car’s best asset. It goes without saying; Peugeot’s designers did an awesome job in remodelling the 208’s very sophisticated and sporty front grille. The contouring as well as the chrome accents suits the bodyworks flawlessly. (So maybe that’s why the grille seems to float in the air). Above all, this very same feature represents the car’s optimum fuel consumption and environment-friendly character.

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