Peugeot's new 208 light car will go on sale in October, replacing the six year-old 207 range and bringing the little hatch in-line with the brand's newest models.
Kicking off at $18,490, the 208 will enter the market at a price point $500 lower than its predecessor. The new model will be offered with three- and five-door styles, three engines and three trim grades.
While the overseas diesel engines are currently off the table, the recently revealed GTi flagship is expected to make its way to Australia in the second quarter of 2013.
Opening the line-up is the new 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine, offering 60kW of power and 1180Nm of torque.
Available in entry-level Active trim only, the 1.2 engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and lists fuel consumption at 4.7 l/100km on the combined cycle.
The little engine's 0-100km/h time is listed at 13.9 seconds, and maximum speed at 175km/h.
Peugeot's familiar 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine is also available, powering the Active, Allure and Allure Premium models.
As in other Peugeot Citroen (and MINI) models, this engine offers 88kW and 160Nm. Depending on specification, it is available with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.
In auto form, fuel consumption is listed at 6.7 l/100km, while the manual models list fuel use at 5.8 l/100km. The 0-100km/h run is listed at 9.9 seconds for the manual and 11.9 seconds for the auto.
Moving up to the equally ubiquitous 1.6 turbo in the Allure Sport flagship, power is rated at 115kW and 240Nm of torque.
The top-shelf model, available exclusively with a six-speed manual, offers a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is listed at 5.8 l/100km.
The new 208's suspension package includes a pseudo-MacPherson arrangement at the front and a deformable crossmember setup at the rear.
The 208's handling also benefits from reduced weight and a more rigid chassis. In the case of the Allure Sport, the 208 also gets a reinforced front subframe and specially tuned front suspension.
The braking package includes front brake discs of two different sizes: 266 x 22 mm on the lower- and mid-spec models, and 302 x 26 mm for the 1.6 THP version.
At the rear, the range is fitted with either eight-inch drums for the three cylinder petrol engine, or 249x9mm discs for the four-cylinder models.
Features and Dimensions
Measuring 70mm shorter than its predecessor in three-door form, the 208 weighs in at just 975kg - 170kg lighter than the outgoing 207.
The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2540mm, but interior space has grown: rear passengers benefit from 50mm of extra knee room, and rear luggage capacity grows to 311 litres (seats up, 1152 with seats down).
The 208 represents a more upmarket move for Peugeot's light car, and the French carmaker says it has employed higher-quality materials and a prestige-focused design inside and out.
Standard features in the entry Active grade include a seven-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and USB, body coloured mirrors, power windows with one touch function and mesh grille.
Moving up to the Allure models, starting at $21,990, there's dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, LED lights, auto lights and wipers, colour multi-function digital displays, sports seats and a leather steering wheel.
The $26,490 Allure Premium adds a "premium" cloth trim, glass roof and mood lighting, cornering fog lights, single chrome exhaust pipe, gloss black interior door trims, dark tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The range-topping Allure Sport, in three-door only, adds a sports interior trim with half leather sports seats, blue lit instrument panel, aluminium gear knob and drilled sports pedals.
On the outside, the Sport model is set apart by its own front grille, dual chrome tail pipes, and rear spoiler.
Standard safety features include six airbags, stability and traction control, emergency brake assist, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, pre tensioning and force limiting front seat belts and automatic activation of hazard lights in an accident.
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The 208 range will be available in Australia from October 19, launching at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
- 208 Active - 1.2 3cyl 5-manual - $18,490
- 208 Active - 1.6 4cyl 4-auto - $21,490
- 208 Allure 1.6 4cyl 5-manual - $21,990
- 208 Alure 1.6 4cyl 4-auto - $23,990
- 208 Allure Premium 1.6 4-auto - $26,490
- 208 Allure Sport 1.6 turbo 4cyl 6-manual - $26,490
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.
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