Refreshed Peugeot 208 Revealed
24 February 2015 - Autoblog
Many of the headline-grabbing unveilings at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show will be some of the most exotic supercars in the land – a few of which will likely have over a thousand horsepower.
But the Swiss show is for more than just these hyper-limited models most people could never afford. Peugeot is illustrating that by debuting its refreshed 208 there ahead of going on sale to European buyers in June.
The biggest change to the look is the revised front end that makes the little hatchback look wider than before. Some trims also now get black and chrome headlights with LEDs running across the top. A new color called Orange Power (pictured above) certainly grabs the eye, too.
The interior is left largely the same aesthetically for this update, except for some added soft-touch materials. Buyers can also now spec a rearview camera and Active City Brake, a system that can bring the vehicle to a stop from less than 32 km/h if it senses an accident.
Peugeot is also adding a new trim level to the 208 called the GT Line. The model takes on some of the styling of the GTi hot hatch but offers more pedestrian engines under the hood. It gets upgrades like a gloss black grille, black mirrors and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside (pictured in the inset), there are sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum pedal covers.
Of course, vehicle emissions are a major concern in Europe, and all versions of the refreshed 208 meet the Euro 6 standards. The powertrain lineup now includes a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline-fueled three-cylinder with stop/start making 110 horsepower. Some engines are also available with a six-speed automatic called the EAT6.