The Peugeot 208 is one of the PSA Group’s most popular models in Europe, with the subcompact selling 247,379 units in 2016, up from 228,088 the previous year. This is the fifth most popular model on the segment after the Renault Clio, the Volkswagen Polo, the Ford Fiesta and the Opel Corsa, which explains why the French brand plans to use an EV. PSA’s next all-electric model will be based on the new generation of 2019 Peugeot 208 supermini, which will be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Our spies managed to take a picture of the test mule using the current body. Despite Peugeot’s efforts to hide what has changed, there are notable differences between the old and the new. With wheel arch extensions, it looks like the second generation 2019 Peugeot 208 will be wider than the current model. The shorter rear overhang also suggests that the wheelbase has also been extended. A larger gap between the hood and the grill is also noticeable. It is likely that Peugeot is testing the cooling system of the car. This growth in size also suggests more interior space for the future. If one followed the current stylistic direction of Peugeot, it is possible that the 208 receives design elements of the recently launched models 3008 and 5008. It’s the same for its interior and features a redesigned i-cockpit dashboard. As for its shape, it may be more angular than the current model, given the appearance of two crossovers of the brand.
PSA is known for developing a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a rear-mounted electric motor, which makes the 5008 (and the 3008 that will follow) essentially roll with an electric range of up to 50 km. The same PHEV technology will eventually find its place in other SUVs of the Group, including the C5 Aircross expected in the second half of 2018.