Even though it looks quite similar to the testing prototype with an internal consumption engine, the camouflaged vehicle is actually the 2020 Peugeot 208 EV. This was quite simple to figure out because the option lacks cutouts in the rear bumper for exhaust pipes.
Anyway, irrespective of the powertrain it uses, the new 208 clearly looks different than the predecessor. It took pretty much everything that’s good from the 508 – a super-cool sedan: there are upright grilles in the front, as well as U-shaped air intakes; full-LED treatment is evident for the head- and taillights, while the non-EV model comes fitted with dual exhausts, which might be meaning that the automaker intends to offer the sportier GT model too. In any case, the 2020 Peugeot 208 gets a slight roof slope towards the back, which makes the supermini essentially sportier from its predecessor.
Regarding the electric powertrain, well, the 2020 Peugeot 208 EV will most definitely come paired with the same powertrain like the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. More precisely, it’s going to feature a 134hp electric motor and a 50kWh lithium-ion battery, which will enable over 186 miles (300 kilometers) of drive/range on a single charging. Speaking of which, the 208 EV is going to use a 100kW fast charger, so it will take just half of the hour before the battery reaches 80 percent of its capacity.
As for the regular 2020 Peugeot 208, the small car will exploit the latest PureTech turbocharged gasoline units and BlueHDi turbo diesels.
The camouflaged prototype hides a camera into the rearview mirror. It means that the supermini is going to be fitted with Level 2 autonomous driving functions. In addition to the feature, the next 208 will also come coupled with updated, quicker and better infotainment and greater smartphone connectivity.
We are pretty sure that the French automaker won’t skip this year’s Geneva Motor Show to introduce the new Peugeot 208. However, we don’t think there’s going to be the EV anywhere near. No, the electrified model will wait for the second half of the year, probably the 2019 Paris Motor Show.