Harry Leahey

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Peugeot is looking to improve its highly popular supermini, the 208, with a significant update. 

The most noticeable change in the 208 facelift can be seen in its exterior design. The headlights have been redesigned, still featuring the iconic 'claw' signature, but now positioned further outwards to create an illusion of increased width.

Additionally, the front end showcases Peugeot's updated logo and incorporates body-coloured accents within the grille. 

Moving to the rear, the car boasts a new rear light signature with horizontal LED strips instead of the previous vertical arrangement. Furthermore, two new exterior colours,
Agueda Yellow and Selenium Grey, have been introduced, along with new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

The trim level options for the 208 remain the same, with Active serving as the entry-level variant, Allure as the mid-spec option, and GT positioned as the range-topping model.

Inside, all models now feature a 10-inch central touchscreen, replacing the previous seven-inch unit. The Allure and GT variants have an improved screen resolution and include Peugeot's latest i-Connect infotainment system. 

In terms of powertrains, the updated 208 introduces new options with mild-hybrid technology. Two versions of the mild-hybrid PureTech petrol cars will be available, delivering either 100bhp or 136bhp. These powertrains utilise a six-speed automatic gearbox paired with an electric motor. Peugeot claims that these mild hybrids will offer up to 15 percent lower fuel consumption compared to their non-hybrid counterparts. 

Additionally, the pre-facelift car's powertrain options, including the 75bhp 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission and the 99bhp version with a six-speed manual gearbox, will still be available.

As for the all-electric variant, the Peugeot e-208, it retains the recent updates implemented in late 2022, which improved its range through the introduction of a new battery. The e-208 now boasts a 51kWh battery, enabling it to cover a distance of up to 248 miles on a single charge. 

Moreover, all e-208 models come equipped with a three-phase 11kW charger, and rapid charging capabilities allow the EV to achieve a 20-80 percent recharge in under 25 minutes using a 100kW charger.

While Peugeot has not yet disclosed the pricing details for the updated 208, it is anticipated that there will be a slight increase compared to the current starting prices of £20,610 for the standard car and £31,595 for the e-208.

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Harry Leahey 10/07/23