Peugeot is showcasing these days in Geneva a mildly facelifted 208 which represents the company's best-selling model.
Peugeot is showcasing these days in Geneva a mildly facelifted 208 which represents the company’s best-selling model.
The French supermini went on sale about three years ago so time has come for a mid-cycle revision to keep the model fresh in the highly competitive B segment. Not a lot have changed as Peugeot has only applied some minor tweaks to the front fascia where there are slightly different headlight graphics and an updated grille. Moreover, the bumper has gained new fog light surrounds while the rear end hosts LED taillights with a 3D look.
Some exterior body paints have also been added to the catalog while inside there's a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with MirrorLink support), new leather-wrapped steering wheel and revised dashboard trim.
More importantly, Peugeot is now offering the GTi 30th Anniversary as a regular model for those who want a sportier version with 18-inch wheels, lowered suspension, bucket seats and a 1.6-liter turbo generating 208 HP (153 kW). There's also a new GT Line version which combines sporty accents with the regular engines, just like Kia is doing with the new namesake cee'd GT Line.
Peugeot will start selling the facelifted 208 from middle of June and it will be available with the following engines: 1.0-liter PureTech with 68 HP (50 kW), 1.2-liter PureTech with 82 HP (60 kW) & 110 HP (81 kW) and a 1.6-liter THP with 165 HP (121 kW) & 208 HP (153 kW). On the diesel side, there's a frugal 1.6 Blue HDi available with 75 HP (55 kW), 100 HP (74 kW) and 120 HP (88 kW). Depending on engine selection, Peugeot is offering 5- and 6-speed manual gearboxes as well as a new six-speed automatic transmission.