The arrival of Peugeot’s new 208 supermini for this October is highly anticipated. We only have to wait a few more weeks before it makes its global debut. When compared to the best-selling 207 (the model it replaces), the 208 supermini is lighter and smaller. However, Peugeot expects 208 sales to exceed that of the 207 due to its fuel efficiency and distinctive appearance.
It’s expected to compete with the Ford Fiesta and upcoming Renault Clio. It will start selling in the UK in the summer of 2012 and will likely cost higher than £10,000, depending on the specification.
The images shown of this model have mostly been of a heavily disguised prototype but those who have seen the pictures of the completed car say that it has a bold design that gets its inspiration from the SR-1 and HR-1 concepts.
It’s one of the first superminis to get a removable touchscreen cabin-control system, the design of which may have been inspired by the iPad. The device has functions that will upload and store music, maps, and other files. A source said that the device will likely be standard on all models, except for the entry-level ones. Peugeot will debut a sporty three-door version as well as a five-door model.
A broad range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered with both the three and five-door cars, says AutoExpress. One of these engines is an innovative three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, which delivers nearly 70mpg.
A report from Auto Express states that the best engine would be a new 211bhp evolution of the 1.6-litre THP turbocharged engine, which is offered in the RCZ. Sources say that this car is described as a spiritual successor to the renowned 205 GTi and would be one of Peugeot’s quickest and most powerful small vehicles ever produced. It will go on sale in 2013.