Peugeot is going to expand their lineup and by 2018 the popular 208 supermini will have an all-electric model added to its lineup.
The upcoming model is set to be built on top of a new platform. The chassis will be designed from the ground up to allow the engineers to mount large batteries to make the EV highly fuel efficient. Marion David, project manager of Peugeot 208 confirmed the news.
“We are working on making the 208 platform compatible with EVs but the range it offers will not be enough for large cars,” said David. The new Peugeot 208 is being constructed on top of the Common Modular Platform also known as CMP. The versatile platform will allow designers to readily integrate all types of batteries and motors for smaller cars. It is also said to weigh less which will compensate the overall weight of the battery.
PSA Group earlier confirmed that the brand is going to launch 11 electric cars in the next five years. The all-electric Peugeot 208 is one of the cars as part of this initiative and it also includes other electric as well as hybrid models.
In terms of design, the new 208 aims to get rid of the curvy appearance and go for a formal, straight look. The LED daytime running lights seamlessly fall into the front fascia and enough room space is offered for passengers with a three door as well as a five door model. The design aspects of the Peugeot 208 is inspired largely by the bigger car, the 308.
While the overall length of the car is just four meters as the outgoing model, with new components and platform, the model will offer more legroom than the previous edition. The car is expected to be at least 100 kilograms lesser in weight and will be equipped with plush interiors for maximum comfort.
Under the hood, the Peugeot 208 will be powered by three cylinder turbo petrol engines capable of producing up to 150 horsepower. The entry level models will deliver about 70 horsepower and a powerful variant of the 208 GTi is also on the cards which will deliver about 220 horsepower satisfying the needs of those who crave for speed.
The i-Cockpit setup will be found inside the dashboard and the central infotainment system can be configured using the touchscreen panel. The car is slated to compete against, Tesla, Nissan and other EVs from top manufacturers.