2020 Peugeot 208 Leaks Online, Looks Surprisingly Good

Codenamed P21, the Peugeot 208 is upon us! Leaked ahead of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the subcompact hatchback is sexier and a lot more technologized than before. The second generation of the French model that replaced the 207 further levels up to an electric powertrain option, made possible by the e-CMP.
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The modular and multi-energy platform will be shared with the Opel Corsa and eCorsa, and thus far, we have a few clues about essentials such as range and ouput thanks to the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense subcompact crossover.

50 kilowatt-hours are enough for up to 450 kilometers (270 miles) as per the NEDC, but the DS can’t do better than 300 kilometers (186 miles) under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure. Ultra-fast charging solutions, meanwhile, provide up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles; NEDC) of driving range per minute of charging.

E-Tense further translates to 136 PS and 260 Nm of torque from the front-wheel-drive crossover, adequate figures for a subcompact vehicle. Given that the 208 is lighter and more agile thanks to the lower center of gravity, the French hatchback promises to be an exciting supermini.

Leaked online by a handful of Worldscoop Forum members, the 2020 Peugeot 208 takes inspiration from the 508 sedan and station wagon as well as the 3008 and 5008 crossovers. The upright grille and LED daytime running lights are complemented by a touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, square-ish steering wheel, and Alcantara on the body-hugging seats.

Clearly more upmarket, the 208 will further be offered with a choice of three- and four-cylinder engine options. It remains to be seen if mild hybridization of plug-in hybrid powertrains will be available, but then again, the EV appears to be the pick of the bunch.

There’s talk the 208 GTi will return for the second generation of the urban dweller, but opinions are split on the powertrain. Some people claim Peugeot will go all-electric this time around while other voices make a case for a four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

Look forward to more information and a full set of photographs of the 208 on March 5th following the world premiere in Geneva.
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