Peugeot 208 XY at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2012

Peugeot has its production version of the Peugeot 208 XY on display at the Paris Motor Show. This is a highly stylish version that the company is relying on so that its brand could go upmarket. The 208 XY was first presented at Geneva in its concept form. Since then, it has gotten a variety of exterior and interior enhancements.

Its mirror casings, fog lamp trims, window trims and rear skirt bead have a chrome finish. Meanwhile, its quarter panel and centre pillar have gloss-black finishing. The car uses 17in multi-spoke alloys and has the 'XY' badging on the rear. The roof decals are available as an option.

Meanwhile, the cabin gets an aluminium pedal bracket and footrest and bespoke trim on the vents, dashboard, steering wheel insert and front and rear door crossbars. The door trims, vents and side decorations of the multimedia touchscreen are covered with a chrome embellishment.

The dashboard has a metallic bronze colour finish. The seats of the 208 XY have a cloth and Alcantara trim. It will be available with several choices: two diesel and two petrol engine options. The most efficient 1.6-litre oilburner has a CO2 emissions level of 98g/km.

The aesthetic qualities of the Marque have been described as agile, sensuous, intuitive and athletic. The designers and engineers of the A9 project have fully re-invented the Marque not only in its primary characteristics but also down to the very small details. As a result, the car now has reduced overhangs and a compact silhouette, and is designed with smooth lines from the bonnet to the windscreen pillar.

A charismatic and sensual front face

The charisma of the Marque stems from its front face which considered as its true signature. Its new graceful expression is richer and more refined and modern due in particular to the LEDs that highlight the headlamp unit, throughout the day or night. The same delicate attention and care is given to every essential part, including the foglamp surrounds.

With regard to the grille, it is designed to simulate a floating sculpture. It looks like it has detached itself from the main body, giving an impression that it is floating in the air, complemented by the chrome surround in precise sections. In its interior, chrome bars or a technological mesh strengthens the richness and modernity of the line. With this unique and incredible design, it clearly delivers the principle of eco-efficiency: the improved size of air intake demonstrates fuel consumption optimization.

Lastly, its anterior design expresses strength and life, grace and elegance, innovation and athleticism, and authenticity and sophistication.

Overall coherence and consistency of the design

The volume and form of the car appears like it is sculpted by the breeze. Its “PEUGEOT” inscription above the grille creates a genuine spine that embraces the bonnet, clings into the windscreen, marks the epicenter of the roof, and traces its motion to the boot aperture and the rear.

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