2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Peugeot 208 XY Concept unveiled

Article by Christian A., on February 17, 2012

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.

Press Release

Peugeot XY Concept, Exclusive and Urban

Peugeot is revealing not one, but two concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, which present two expressions of the Marque's upmarket trend in the supermini segment. These concept cars interpret the generation leap already defined by the 208 but in different contexts. The Peugeot 208 XY Concept is intended for city dwellers who love distinction and refinement, whereas the GTi Concept re-generates an iconic legend.

The first thing that attracts you with the 208 and especially with these two concepts is the detailing of the signature LED headlamp design, which is prominently visible both day and night. Using Full-LED technology, the front directional indicators surround the main beam headlamps giving these concept cars the impression of having an iris. The rectangular headlamp units, when used on main beam, appear to have a 'feline pupil' … a technological and precise expression that is fully identifiable with the lion Marque.

This precision continues with the integrated style components adorning the bodywork. Wheel arches have wing extensions, and bodywork with sills enhance the stance.

Peugeot 208 XY Concept: Urban chic

Powered by a 1.6-litre e-HDi engine, developing 115bhp and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox the Peugeot 208 XY Concept transports its occupants in a refined environment, with a Crimson colour treatment applied to exterior bodywork and the decorated interior.

Special 'Pulsion' paintwork means the XY Concept appears to constantly change, depending on the distance and the position from which it is viewed. This ability to transform is the result of an exclusive method, based on the very precise application of sixteen coats of paint and lacquer.

The passenger compartment is trimmed with crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gear lever gaiter and sides, and with stripes on seat inserts and floor mats, while the panoramic glass roof is edge-trimmed in black leather.

Pearly grey leather pleated seats feature five metal rings, which pinch and tighten the material. This precision in the working of the material continues with an exclusive steering wheel in leather, with crimson micro-stripes with a chrome insert in the lower section. Bathed in the natural light provided by the panoramic glass roof, with white ambiance lighting, the finishing touches to the interior add a 'gunmetal' aesthetic treatment to the door crossbars, steering wheel decorations and vent trims.

The Peugeot 208 XY Concept rides on exclusive dual-effect 18" alloy wheels complementing its 'Pulsion' colour and special detailing with coloured chrome decorating the panoramic glass roof trim. The lower window edge and the quarter panel are finished off with a special grille treatment with three horizontal chrome bars.

Peugeot 208 GTi Concept: The re-generation of a legendary icon

The first sensations are completely visual and evident as soon as the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is revealed. Instantly characterised by being the performance icon of the 208, it features chequered-flag motifs that embellish the metal mesh of the grille, and the lower bar proudly affirms its origin by displaying the French 'Le Tricolour' flag or the Union Jack when in the UK.

Other distinctive exterior features include: double chromed exhaust tailpipes, aero lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions that all capture the signature badging. Placed within the grille is the brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo that can also be found on the rear quarter panels, as a salute to its illustrious predecessor - the legendary 205 GTi.

On the inside, the passenger compartment is a true GTi environment, with a characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel, the treatment of which is replicated on the sides of the gear lever, double stitching in the seats and enhanced with LED backlighting to the surrounds of the high-tech instruments. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, and cloth in the centre with an embossed tartan motif, and a leather head restraint.

The red perforated leather steering wheel continues the check motif, and has a pronounced lower flat section, which carries the GTi Concept logo set in an aluminium ring. To complete the sports interior, the fascia capping is dressed in Alcantara with grey stitching, the roof lining is entirely black and the pedals are aluminium. The centre console architecture and ventilation vents all feature a graduated red to black effect, and the chequered-flag theme is also present on the aluminium door crossbars.

The Peugeot 208 GTi Concept takes its propulsion from the powerfully-compact RCZ THP 200 engine. Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre THP engine puts its driver at the controls of a machine that captivates the potential for a great driving experience. Like all 208s, a small steering wheel greets the driver and with the GTi Concept, this accentuates the dynamic capability of this car with the enhanced power available. With the raised instrument panel in line of sight, the information is clearly visible from the dials that have a brushed aluminium background and very precise graduations.

The GTi Concept also benefits from the improvements that characterise the 208, taking full advantage of its compactness and lightness, delivering road-holding that is both excellent and precise. To enhance the dynamic experience, it has a 36mm wider track, at the front and at the rear, and a rear roof spoiler to generate down force at speed. For optimum braking performance, the GTi Concept is equipped with four discs; 302mm diameter at the front and 249mm at the rear, set off by red-painted brake callipers.

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