In India, the Peugeot 208 will be positioned against the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo.
Peugeot 208 hatchback is one of the best selling models of the French carmaker in global markets.
Earlier 2017, PSA (Peugeot Citroen Motors) confirmed its return to India with CK Birla group by 2020. With an investment plan of about Rs 700 crore, the French car manufacture will develop and sell vehicles and components in the country. Under this joint venture, the company will share its production plant and distribution networks with Hindustan Motors. Currently, the CK Birla Group’s Chennai-based facility also serves the Japanese SUV manufacturer – Mitsubishi. While the company hasn’t yet revealed its Indian portfolio, rumour has it that PSA will roll out three new models – Peugeot 2008 urban crossover, Peugeot 3008 SUV and Peugeot 208 hatchback.
The Peugeot 208 hatchback was recently spotted in the country. Unlike the previous prototype that had temporary license plate, the latest one carries a proper registration plate with Pune RTO number. This indicates that the company might establish a plant in outskirts of Pune. Painted in white shade, the snapped 208 flaunts large sweptback projector headlamps with LED DRLs and alloy wheels confirming it’s a range-topping model. Read – Iconic Hindustan Ambassador Brand Sold To Peugeot
Peugeot 208 Spy Pictures
– Large sweptback projector headlamps
– LED DRLs
– Larger grille with thick chrome surround
– Well-designed front bumper
– Round fog lamps with chrome styling
– Larger front windows
– Blackened B-pillar, ORVMs and turn signals
– Alloy wheels
– Sloping roofline
– High-mounted brake light
– Rear windshield wiper
– Larger touchscreen display
– Side vents with silver accents
– Three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls
– Keyhole ignition
The Peugeot 208 hatchback will be among the first products from the French carmaker in India. The company had announced that it will begin its Indian operations by 2020. Therefore, the hatchback might take good two years to hit Indian roads. Though, it could make its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo that will begin in the second week of next month. Read – Peugeot 2008 Compact SUV Is India Bound
|Minimum||Rs 5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8 lakh|
Peugeot, initially, aims to produce around 1 lakh units on annual basis. The production capacity will be increased progressively as per the overall demand and sales. The Chennai unit will serve both domestic and international market demands. In order to price their cars competitively, PSA aims to achieve a high degree of localization in India. Peugeot 208 price in India is estimated to fall in the range of Rs 5 lakh – Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price point, it will compete with both entry level B segment cars like Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo, and premium hatches like Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz. Just so you know, the 208 hatchback was first previewed in 2012, and is among the best selling models of the French carmaker in global markets.
The latest spy pictures reveal that the hatchback features a larger grille with thick chrome surround, large sweptback projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, sporty bumper and round fog lamps with eyebrow-shaped chrome element at the front end. Moving towards the sides, you will notice alloy wheels, large front windows with flowing design and a slightly sloping roofline. The blackened B-pillar and ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights add more to its sporty appearance. Round the back, the car sports a uniquely designed taillamp assembly, a rear windshield wiper and high-mounted brake light.
Inside, the well laid-out dashboard with a larger touchscreen display instantly grabs the attention. While the control buttons are placed on each side, the centre aircon vents are situated below the display. The three-spoke steering wheel has audio controls. Other key highlights include side vents with silver accents, keyhole for ignition, side airbags, etc.
In global markets, the Peugeot 208 is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines with both three-cylinder and four-cylinder options. While Peugeot’s PureTech, three-cylinder motors include a 1.0-litre, a 1.2-litre and a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit, the four-cylinder mills are – a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre unit. The hatchback also comes with two four-cylinder diesel powertrains – a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre. Technical details of the India-spec model are still under the wraps. Though, it is reported to come with a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine options.
Spy Picture Courtesy – teambhp