2013 IAA: Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept breaks cover at the Messe [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 11, 2013

This is the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept that’s was introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt. There are reports that the concept’s weight is lower than the base 1.0-liter VTi version (with a weight of 2,149 lbs (975 kg) by 440 lbs (200 kg). The Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept has differences from the regular car.

It features a rear diffuser to boost the air flow, a set of aero-optimized 19-inch alloy wheels covered in narrow tires, together with cameras that took the place of the conventional exterior mirrors. The two suspensions include a fiber glass "blade" that functions as a wishbone, with a spring and anti-roll bar combined, saving 20kg.

The hybrid module (which includes a 90-cell lithium-ion battery pack) is adapted from the 908 Hybrid 4 Le Mans and offers 40 bhp (30 kW) that’s delivered through a semi-automatic 5-speed transmission. It is expected to use electric power for as far as 12 miles (19 km).

The electric motor will be partnered with the 1.0-liter engine that is adapted from the base model which has been bored to 1.2 liters and features a more efficient combustion due to the Atkinson cycle. In addition, the 208 Hybrid FE Concept features racing cylinder head and diamond carbon coating.

On the other hand, the regular fuel tank was replaced by a smaller unit that can hold 20 liters. This model can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in eight seconds and has a fuel economy rating of 135 mpg UK (112.4 mpg US or 2.1 liters / 100 km) with 49 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The proportions of the Peugeot 208, especially the 2 cm less width and the 1 cm lower height compared to the 207, are measurements that were designed with exacting attention. And the care each part was given (shields under bodies, spoilers for some versions, etc.) maximises aerodynamic optimisation. So, the supreme versions have a 0.61 CdA (0.29 Cd) that places it with the top in this segment and, again, these optimize fuel use and lower CO2 emissions.

Stylistic re-generation

Dexterous, sensuous, sporty, intuitive, energetic, advanced... these are all words included in the requirements for the A9 project, and the style team succeeded in bringing them to form and coherence, illustrating them by degrees and inclining them to be inspired. From a dense profile, smaller overhangs, continuous lines from bonnet to windscreen pillar, the artistic codes of the Marque have been re-imagined, both in their main traits and with even the smallest detail.

A very charismatic front face

The front fascia, a genuinely innate sign, reveals a new, especially compelling look for the Marque. Its cat-like appearance is more contemporary, refined, and sumptuous, with (depending on the version) a set of LEDs and a light guide accenting the look of the headlight unit, both during day and at night.

The same attention is given to every part, like how the foglamp surroundings were treated.

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