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French fancy: new 2019 Peugeot 208 scooped

Published: 05 September 2018

► New 2019 Peugeot 208
► Supermini spy photos
► News, specs, launch date

These are the first spy photographs of the new 2019 Peugeot 208, captured on durability testing in southern Europe. And the big news is this one will offer an all-electric option for the first time, challenging the Renault Zoe EV.

Although still heavily disguised, our new scoop pictures suggest that some of the 508 range-topper's style is trickling down to the supermini sector. Think of it as a baby 308.

The new 208 will face stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo - three of the best-performing small hatchbacks.

New 2019 Peugeot 208: the lowdown

The 208 is the second PSA group car to be based on the latest small-car platform, dubbed Common Modular Platform (CMP). So it will share much of its engineering architecture with the upcoming DS3 Crossback crossover, due to be shown in autumn 2018.

The new 2019 Peugeot 208

It will offer a full range of group petrol engines; diesel will be available, too, but is not yet confirmed for the UK market.

In time, a full electric Peugeot 208 EV is on the cards: we hear a 50kWh battery is planned in the e-CMP version, promising a likely range of 450km (280 miles).

And a Peugeot 208 GTI?

This is likely, but won't be shown at launch. Peugeot is on something of a roll with its hot hatchbacks at present - the wilderness years of lukewarm tepid hatches are thankfully behind us, and the 308 GTI we lived with for a year was full of character.

CAR magazine's new spy photos capture the new Peugeot 208

We expect to see the new Peugeot 208 hatchback in early 2019. A world debut at the Geneva motor show is likely.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet