Anton Andres / CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | March 17, 2017 05:54
Peugeot rolls out test mule for next-gen 208
It started with the 308, followed by the 3008 and 5008. This time around, Peugeot is now preparing another all-new model in the form of the next-generation 208. First introduced in 2012, an all-new model is due before the decade's end.
Our spies have managed to snap a photo of the test mule which is using the current body. Despite Peugeot's best efforts to hide what's changed, there are notable differences between old and new.
With the wheel arch extensions, it appears that the second-generation 208 will be wider than the current model. The shorter rear overhang also suggests that the wheelbase has been extended as well. Also noticeable is a wider gap between the hood and the grill. It is likely that Peugeot is testing out the car's cooling system. This growth in size also hints at more interior space for the future.
If one were to follow the current styling direction of Peugeot, it is possible that the 208 will get design elements from the recently launched 3008 and 5008. The same may apply for its interior and boast a redesigned i-Cockpit dash layout. As for its shape, it may be more angular than the current model, given how the two crossovers from the brand now appear.
According to Peugeot, the all-new 208 will be using a new modular platform. Dubbed the Common Modular Platform or CMP, it is set to underpin more Peugeot models in the future. CMP was also designed to accommodate gas, diesel and electric powertrains. It is possible that the French automaker's B-Segment hatchback may soon get an electric version. In addition, Peugeot said that they aim to launch CMP-based cars within 2018 as 2019 models.
Following Peugeot's purchase of Opel, it is also possible that the CMP architecture might make its way to the German marque's B-Segment Opel. Our spies say it is likely that the B-Segment Opel might use the same platform as the 208. Like the 208, the all-new Corsa is also slated for 2019.