Geneva: e-208 electrifies Peugeot stand

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Peugeot has formally unveiled its all-new 208 range at the Geneva motor show, for the first time including an all-electric version.

Announced last week, the e-208 five-door hatchback is on show alongside petrol and, surprisingly, a single diesel version of the new supermini, which is expected on sale within the next year.

Electric versions of the 208 are powered by a 100kW motor fed by a 50kWh battery mounted under the floor. The car is said to have a range of up to 211 miles between charges, and will be rechargeable to 80% in 30 minutes using a 100kW charging point.

Overall the new 208 is both wider and around 4cm longer than the outgoing car, as well as saving on average 30kg in weight. Visually it gets more distinctive, sculpted styling, while the interior boasts the latest iteration of PSA’s digital display, dubbed the 3D i-Cockpit.

 

Vauxhall fans should also take a good look at the 208 as it will form the basis of the next Corsa, which is expected to be revealed towards the end of 2019.

Also debuting at Geneva is the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept, a performance model evolved from the latest Peugeot 508 hybrid.

The all-wheel-drive car boasts a 4.3-second 0-62mph time and an electronically limited 155mph top speed. It will also travel up to 30 miles in electric-only mode, and the exterior styling is sculpted to enhance the range by improving the airflow.

There is no indication that the Sport Engineered will ever reach production or remain a concept like the e-Legend, also on display following its debut at the Paris show in October 2018.

The all-electric concept boasts a 340kW motor and all-wheel-drive, producing a sub four-second 0-62mph time and a range of 372 miles between charges.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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