New Peugeot 208 revealed

Available as a three- and five-door hatchback, the new Peugeot 208 will replace the outgoing 207 as the French manufacturer targets the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

The new Peugeot 208 is lighter, greener, more stylish and more upmarket than previous small cars from the manufacturer as it looks to make a mark in the popular small car segment.

To do this, Peugeot has used design cues from the new Peugeot 308 hatchback in the design of the 208. This includes a new ‘floating grille’ at the front, the new Peugeot Lion badge and boomerang-shaped lights at the rear.

A panoramic windscreen and sculpted flanks give a nod to Peugeot’s decision to make the 208 as ‘modern’ as possible, while inside the interior is more upmarket than previous versions as Peugeot looks to recreate the success of sister brand Citroen and its DS3 supermini.

A completely new steering wheel and instrument panel are designed to make life easier for the driver, but the Peugeot 208 will more likely appeal to those looking for a car that is cheap to run.

This is because a range of new engines, helped by an aerodynamic body and lightweight build materials, promise CO2 emissions as low as 87g/km.

In real terms, the CO2 emissions from the diesel engine will deliver free road tax in the UK and exemption from the congestion charge for London drivers.

It also means less trips to the fuel pump with high fuel economy of 83mpg. The range even offers a free road tax petrol version – one of five frugal new engines offered with the new car.

The new 2012 Peugeot 208 will go on sale in Europe in spring 2012 but UK customers will have to wait until summer 2012 for right-hand drive deliveries to begin.