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It's a French fancy: new 2019 Peugeot 208 spotted

Published: 10 January 2019

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

The new Peugeot 208 supermini, expected to be a 2019 Geneva motor show star, has been spotted out and about during its winter testing phase in the wilderness.

Given Peugeot’s recent development from also-ran brand to maker of handsome things like the 3008 and 508 saloon in the past couple of years, we’re hopeful that the new 208 will look good and be competitive within the supermini sector.

Our fresh spyshots show a few tasty details. At the front, the new 208 has a pair of day-running lights (DRLs) similar to the sabre-tooth fangs seen on the 508, which we suspect will be an optional part relegated to the higher end of the trim levels. The rear lights are similar to the 3008's; a blocky motif that has a row of three brake lights similar to most other modern Peugeots.

Peugeot 208 winter spy shot rear

The new 208 will run on the CMP platform already in use by the all-new DS3 Crossback. It's also the one that the next-generation Corsa will run on when that car is revealed in the latter half of 2019.

The 208, like the Corsa, will have a dedicated EV variant as part of the model range and we expect to see it from launch, with the platform nicknamed 'e-CMP' coming into the fray here.

We hear a 50kWh battery is planned in the e-CMP version, promising a likely range of 450km (280 miles). Other engines will likely be the same or lightly updated versions of the PureTech turbo petrol and BlueHDI diesel range already in use.

Our fresh winter spy photos come after we spotted the 208 in the southern Europe hillsides in late 2018.

And will there be 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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