Peugeot is unveiling two concept vehicles in Geneva -- the XY Concept, which is made for urban dwellers who love refinement and distinction, and the GTi Concept, which re-generates an icon. These concept cars present two expressions of the brand's upmarket trend in the supermini segment. They also interpret the generation leap already distinct by the 208, but in different contexts.
A 1.6-liter e-HDi engine powers the XY Concept, developing 115bhp and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle brings its passengers in a sophisticated environment, with a Crimson color treatment applied to the decorated interior and exterior bodywork.
Special 'Pulsion' paintwork means that the XY Concept seems to transform constantly, depending on the distance and the location from which it is seen. This capability to change is the result of an exclusive technique, based on the very accurate application of 16 coats of lacquer and paint.
The passenger compartment is spruced with crimson stitched leather on the armrests, dashboard, gear lever gaiter and sides, and steering wheel rings. It has stripes on floor mats and seat inserts, while the panoramic glass roof is trimmed in black leather at the edge. Five metal rings are featured on pearly grey leather pleated seats, tightening and pinching the material.
The interior also features an exclusive steering wheel clad in leather, with crimson micro-stripes and a chrome insert in the lower portion. It also has a panoramic glass roof that adds a 'gunmetal' aesthetic treatment to the steering wheel decorations, vent trims and door crossbars.
XY Concept features exclusive dual-effect 18-inch alloy wheels that match its 'Pulsion' color and special detailing with colored chrome accenting the panoramic glass roof trim. The quarter panel and the lower window edge are finished off with a special grille treatment with three horizontal chrome bars.
One look at the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept and its ability to evoke emotion is immediately obvious. As the best example of the 208’s performance, its main defining feature is the checkered-flag theme that adorns the grille’s metal mesh. On the lower portion meanwhile is the 'Le Tricolour' of France’s flag though models sold in the U.K. carry the Union Jack.
Inside, the steering wheel comes in red perforated leather and is in line with the checkered theme. In addition, the lower section is flat and it is here where the GTi Concept logo can be seen. This same logo has been placed on an aluminum ring. The checkered-flag motif can also be seen on the door crossbars, which are made of aluminum. The treatment done on the steering wheel was the same one performed on the sides of the model’s gear lever. Additional features include the seats showing double stitching and the LED backlighting which provides a good backdrop for the high-tech instruments.
The sports seats are a treat considering that the outer portion has Nappa leather with the middle having cloth embossed tartan theme. Even the head restraint is covered in leather. Rounding up the features of the interior is the fascia capping that comes in Alcantara and with grey stitching.
Meanwhile the lining of the roof is completely in black with the pedals being made of aluminum. Both the ventilation vents and the architecture of the center console reveal a progressing red to black effect. In terms of power, the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept has the RCZ THP 200 1.6-liter engine, which when paired to the manual 6-speed gearbox, gives the driver an excellent experience.
Similar to the other 208 models, the steering wheel is rather small. However under this concept model, it helps highlight the car’s dynamic capability especially with the all improved power. Information on the dials can easily be seen considering that the instrument panel has been lifted to meet line of sight. The information panel has dials that come with a brushed aluminum setting as well as precise calibrations.
On the exterior, there are a number of unique features like the lower sill skirt extensions and the aero lower bodywork spoilers. When these two are combined with the double exhaust tailpipes in chrome, it manages to display the trademark of the brand. On both the grille in the front and the quarter panels in the rear is the GTi Concept logo, in brushed aluminum, paying homage to its predecessor which is the 205 GTi.