You’re looking at the facelifted Peugeot 208, set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Yes the update is very mild to say the least, but the 208 has always been a good looking car in the first place.
What’s new, you ask? Well, the front bumper is new, with a wider grille and foglamp surround, and the back gets a new pair of LED taillamps. There are now 13 colours to choose from, and it includes the zesty Orange POWER metallic as featured on this page.
The interior is retained, but the 7-inch toucscreen unit is now equipped with the MirrorScreen function that supports Mirrorlink and Carplay. The screen also displays the live feed from the new optional reverse camera.
Other optional equipment include the Park Assist and the new Active City Brake technology that brakes the car from speeds up to 30 km/h.
A new GT Line trim is introduced on the facelifted 208, and it adds a gloss black “EQUALIZER” grille with red 3D marking, black side mirror caps, chrome window surrounds and tailpipe, a set of 17-inch CAESIUM diamante alloys, and red highlights for the interior à la GTi.
Missed out on the limited-run 208 GTi 30th? Well on the facelift 208 it’s back but it’s called the 208 GTi by PEUGEOT Sport. Ridiculous name aside, it inherits the goodies from the 208 GTi 30th such as the uprated steering and suspension settings, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, Brembo front brakes, Torsen limited slip differential, and even the “straight cut” black and red paintwork.
Under the bonnet there’s a new 1.6 litre BlueHDi diesel with three different power output: 75 hp, 100 hp, and 120 hp. The BlueHDi 75 and BlueHDi 100 pair comes with a 5-speed manual transmission while the 1.6 litre BlueHDi 120 gets a 6-speed manual transmission.
Petrol options include a 1.0-litre PureTech with 68 hp, a 1.2-litre PureTech with 82 hp or 110 hp, and a 1.6-litre THP with either 165 hp or 208 hp for the GTi.
The PureTech units use a 5-speed manual, but the 1.2-litre PureTech 110 gets an option for a 6-speed automatic transmission. Yup, no more 4-speed automatic this time. Meanwhile a 6-speed manual is used for both the 1.6 litre THP 165 and the 1.6 litre THP 208.
Don’t count your hopes too high for the facelifted 208 to arrive in Malaysia any time soon, because even in Europe the sales will commence only in mid-June this year. There is though, the recently introduced 208S if you can’t wait that long. Meanwhile, enjoy the image gallery below!