Peugeot has pulled the wraps off its all-new 208 hatch, revealing the fifth generation in the '20X' range's life as a light car.
Replacing the six year-old 207 range, the new 208 brings the company's light car range in-line with its all-new styling language and "floating grille," featured with the new 508 sedan and wagon, and the upcoming 4008 SUV.
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.
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 is up by 15 litres.
In Europe, the 208 will be offered with a pair of 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre petrol engines, with fuel consumption as low as 4.3 l/100km.
Three diesel engines will be offered, each equipped with Peugeot's e-HDi Micro-hybrid systems, including auto stop/start systems. Fuel consumption will be as low as 3.4 l/100km.
Speaking with TMR this week, Peugeot Australia's Kirin Tipping said that while a late-2012 local launch is on the cards, exact timing is still to be confirmed.
Watch for the new 208 to make its global motorshow debut at Geneva in March. Australian details will likely be confirmed around that time.