The newly launched Peugeot 208 had landed in India a couple of years back, when we were the first to bring this news you. The company has commenced testing of its new hatchback. Peugeot had plans to enter India a few years ago when they had tested the 208 and the 508 sedan as well. The company had pulled out of the country, as Europe’s economy was affected back then. This time PSA group (Peugeot) has partnered with CK Birla group and will manufacture cars in their Chennai facility. Let’s have a look at the Peugeot 208 hatchback, which is expected to be PSA’s introductory model in India.
This same hatchback has been spotted on several occasions on test in Tamil Nadu. The PSA Group is looking at setting up its plant in Tamil Nadu itself. Initially, there were rumours that Peugeot could be looking at Gujarat and that was the initial plan as the Peugeot test mules came to India through the Navi Mumbai port itself. At the moment, the company seems to be evaluating, which should be the ideal products for the Indian car market. The company is coming in JV with Hindustan Motors, a brand that is one of the oldest car brands in India. The only unfortunate bit of HM is its history, which doesn’t say much about its strong points apart from the Ambassador, which was sold for many years without any major changes.
Peugeot 208 Price
The Peugeot 208 is expected to be priced between INR 7 lakhs to INR 10 Lakhs, on-road. This premium hatchback will want to establish itself as a worthy competitor to the Hyundai i20 and Maruti Baleno. Peugeot will need to be careful about the pricing, in order to attract new buyers. It might be a bit early to state if this is a good price, but the company is looking at having a highly localised product. This will help them to reduce the initial cost and even the servicing shall be affordable too.
Peugeot 208 Launch Date
There is no official statement about the launch of this car. We expect the Peugeot 208 to hit the Indian market by early 2019. There is a likelihood of this car being displayed at the Auto Expo 2018. it will be interesting to see how this car will compete with already well established brands in India.
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Peugeot 208 Design
The Peugeot 208 is has quite a radical design and looks different from the usual hatchbacks on the road. It is very stylish and also loaded with good equipment. The lines are crisp and neat. The car gets a new wide grille. The headlamps have LED daytime running lights. The LED tail-lamps are very attractive and it also gets fancy alloy wheels. The Peugeot 208 has a bold look and is distinctive looking car had received a facelift in 2015, which included a very aggressive styling and redesigned bumpers, lamps and grille.
Peugeot 208 Interior
The Peugeot 208 has subtle and classy interiors. The quality is also right up there with the best. The car comes loaded with neat instrument cluster with a MID screen, a touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and bluetooth, it will also get Apple car play and Android Auto. It will also have steering mounted controls and a leather wrapped steering wheel and rear knob. The seats are well bolstered and are wide for top class comfort.
The car will also come with dual airbags as standard and higher variants will get upto 6 airbags. It is also one of the rare hatches in the segment to offer the option of Park Assist, an active parking assistance system allowing a vehicle to park in and leave a parallel parking space automatically. We can expect the French premium hatchback to come loaded with features.
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Peugeot 208 Engine
The Peugeot 208 comes with a range of 1.0-litre, 1.2-litre and 1.2-litre turbo petrol engines. There will also be a diesel engine, which is likely to be a 1.5-litre unit, which will be a scaled down version of the 1.6-litre unit selling in Europe. and will be a direct competition to the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno and the Fiat Punto Evo. The 208 is the Peugeot best-selling hatchback and is looking at entering India with this premium hatchback. There will be a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. The engines will be powerful and aim to be fuel efficient as well.
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