Peugeot announces 208 XY ahead of 2012 Paris Auto Show

Article by Anita Panait, on September 8, 2012

Peugeot has announced another version of the Peugeot 208 supermini car – the Peugeot 208 XY. The announcement came days after the marque introduced its Peugeot 208 GTi derivative. The 208 XY is expected to exhibit elegance, occupant space, compactness, equipment and style as demonstrated by the 208.

Available in six colours including purple, the Peugeot 208 XY features chromed details, as well as touches of Purple on the Peugeot logos and the central wheel caps. The supermini car’s mirror casings and fog lamp trims as well as the window trims and rear skirt bead are blanketed in bright chrome, while its quarter panel trim and centre pillar are finished in gloss black.

Peugeot 208 XY boasts of being visible both during the day and night, thanks to its light signature as boosted by new halogen headlamps, equipped with a latest generation light guide. These lamps with a rectangular internal structure employ LED technology for the directional guides and daytime lighting.

The main beam headlamps are enclosed in a floating trim, lending Peugeot 208 XY the impression of an iris. The interior of the Peugeot 208 XY is also worth some attention, especially the passenger cabin that is endowed with carefully designed components.

208 XY is designed to ensure that the vents, the dashboard decoration, side decorations of the touchscreen, the steering wheel insert, the front and rear door crossbars and the seat belts all blend with the same interior ambiance.

Peugeot 208 XY is also fitted with an aluminium pedal bracket and footrest. The 208 XY features a 17" diamond-Anthra Mercure multi-spoke wheels house, complemented by alloy wheel cap with Purple edging.

The tailgate of the vehicles bears the ‘XY’ signature logo. A buyer is given an option to personalise the 208 XY with roof decals. The announcement of the Peugeot 208 GTi and Peugeot 208 XY came ahead of their debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show set from Sept. 29, 2012 to Oct. 14, 2012.

A technological treatment was given to the interior of the Peugeot 208’s instrument panel. For instance, it features a digital screen that always shows the vehicle speed as well as analogue dials that pay tribute to precision mechanics. Likewise, the instrument panel comes with back-lighting effects.

Interior light ambience was also given the needed attention. This was achieved by employing mostly white lighting for the displays as well as LED units with a bluish light that outline the available panoramic glass roof at night with a "comet" effect. The new Peugeot 208 is also available with appropriate decorations, depending on the ambiance and range level. These decorations include lacquered black on the front panel, as well as varying shades of black/blue or dark chrome on the door crossbars.

In terms of daily practicality, the interior of the Peugeot 208 would prove to be a good competitor. The cabin is laden with several storage compartments, like the pockets on the door or the deep compartment located in front of the gear lever.

Moreover, the interior of the new Peugeot 208 has been designed to convey a whole new level of acoustics and vibration comfort. Peugeot has determined that most of the noise came from the engine, which is why the carmaker implemented an acoustic encapsulation" of the powertrain. This considerably sealed the noise away from the interior while making the 208 much lighter than before.

Press Release

Peugeot 208 XY, urban chic and exclusive

Whether it be Monday, at 7am, where already a buzz reigns over the town, Thursday, 6pm, when the streets fill as offices close for the day or Saturday, at 9pm, when the town hums with the parties organised at various locations. Constantly on the move, the modern city beats to the rhythm of the pulses of its activities. Whatever the situation, the 208 XY moves around, with a stylish and dynamic presence.

The appealing attraction of the 208 XY enchants instantly. Adorned in its new colour 'Purple Night', among the six colours available, running from the front bumper to the special skirt of the rear bumper, its body is punctuated with chromed details, subtle touches of Purple on the Peugeot logos and the central wheel caps. The mirror casings, the foglamp trims, the window trims and the rear skirt bead are dressed in bright chrome. On the quarter panel trim and the centre pillar, touches of gloss black complete the image.

The grille combines these finer points of appearance. It brings together the gloss black of the bar with the bright chrome of the bead and the grille. The finely designed 17" diamond-Anthra Mercure multi-spoke wheels house in their centre an alloy wheel cap with Purple edging. At the rear, on the tailgate bears the 'XY' signature logo designed with dynamic graphics. Roof decals are available for personalisation, and the 208 XY offers an identity unlike any other in this sector – high on being 'Exclusive'.

With a 'light, bright' appearance, the passenger compartment is a perfect reflection of the exterior. The materials and appearance are 'tied' together with Purple overstitching. A chrome embellishment covers the door trims, the vents and the side decorations of the screen. Enhanced by these touches, the metallic bronze Prestige polyurethane PVC dashboard brings together the touch interface and the instrument panel with a graduated bronze-black decoration.

The seats are trimmed in Mithy cloth, Prestige polyurethane PVC and Alcantara. At the driver's feet, the aluminium pedal bracket and footrest are accompanied by a mat of superior quality, edged with bronze cord overstitched in Purple.

This sophisticated and luxurious ambiance can be personalised with a range of special trims. After choosing between the Club Nappa leather, in black or bronze, and the black Club Nappa leather combined with a padded Alcantara make-up giving an exclusive and dynamic treatment, the 208 XY is even more intensely individual.

"From the outset we had a vision of colour, this Purple Night, which punctuates the bodywork and the interior of the 208 XY. Exclusive, it symbolises perfectly the refinement of this vehicle."
Anna Costamagna, 208 XY and 208 GTi Design Stylist

The passenger compartment is not just luxurious; ergonomic, it is fully at the service of the driver. With their hands placed naturally on the small bronze perforated full grain leather steering wheel, they can control with their fingertips the large 7" touchscreen with extended connectivity (jack socket, USB and Bluetooth).

Uninterrupted, from their home to the workplace, their favourite music is played from a portable device by streaming and with a high level of quality, due to the six-speaker system.

Having arrived at their destination with no wrong turns due to the navigation system, they simply have to activate the Park Assist. Rare in this vehicle segment, this technological equipment magnifies the compactness of the 208 XY to make driving in town considerably easier. Parking is now automated and becomes a pleasure. After activating the Park Assist, the driver selects the manoeuvre to be carried out on the touchscreen, parallel parking on the left or right-hand side of the road. Using ultrasound sensors, those of the front and rear parking assistance plus two side sensors at the front, the Park Assist measures the size of the spaces available until an adequate space is detected. The 208 XY then parks instinctively and automatically, by acting on the electric parking assistance. Relieved of this task, the driver simply has to check the progress of the vehicle and its surroundings... Almost magic!

To set off once more to conquer the city, nothing could be easier. They simply call on the intelligence of the Park Assist again.

In addition to the dynamic cornering lighting, the alarm, the heated seats, etc., this equipment can enrich an already extensive range of equipment: panoramic glass roof with ambiance backlighting, dual zone automatic air conditioning, speed limiter/cruise control, armrest for the front seats incorporating a storage space, ... it is an extensive, luxurious environment.

The 208 XY is also available with a range of powerful engines1, enhancing the natural efficiency of this model.
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 5-speed manual gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 6-speed piloted gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 115 FAP, 6-speed manual gearbox, 99g of CO2/km
• 1.6 VTi 120, 5-speed manual gearbox, 134g of CO2/km
• 1.6 THP 155, 6-speed manual gearbox, 135g of CO2/km

"When the teams created the 208 XY for the first time, they were won over immediately. Everyone, men and women alike, succumbed to its charm, its spirit, its allure of luxury."
Anne Laliron, 208 XY and 208 GTi Project Manager

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