Peugeot’s perky little 208 hatch, first launched at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012, will fly into next month’s show with a number of key updates.
Visual tweaks are a light touch with this one though, limited to subtle changes across the lights at both ends, a new bumper and widened grille, and new colour options.
Peugeot’s ‘GT Line’ kit, already available with the 308 and 508, has now also joined the 208 range, adding GTi-like styling and features - but without the power and without quite as significant a price jump.
Due in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2015, the refreshed 208 will also bring new and refreshed powertrains.
An update to Peugeot’s 55kW and 74kW BlueHDi 1.6 litre diesel engines sees combined-cycle fuel consumption figures listed as low as 3.0 l/100km.
(Remember when Ford’s special Fiesta Econetic achieving 3.6 l/100km back in 2012 was big news?)
There’s also a new 81kW ‘PureTech 110’ version of Peugeot’s 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine, matched to stop-start technology and a five-speed manual.
A six-speed ‘EAT6’ auto will also be offered with the 1.2 engine, offering ‘Quickshift’ tech for faster gear changes.
A reversing camera has been added to the range, along with Active City Brake, automatically applying the brakes if a potential collision is detected at speeds below 30km/h.
Watch for Australian specifications and pricing to be confirmed later this year.
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