Geneva Preview: Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE
Peugeot is going to expand the 208’s family even further at this year’s Geneva Motor Show by unveiling the new GTi, the 2008 crossover, the Hybrid Air 2008, and a new concept version called the 208 HYbrid FE. The FE is developed in collaboration with Total, and it has ambitious goals.
The 208 FE has to offer decent performance, with a 0 to 62mph time of around 8.0 seconds, while remaining highly fuel efficient and clean, with a CO2 target of 49 g/km. To achieve that they based the project on the 208 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp model, and set about working on the powertrain, weight reduction, and aerodynamics.
The looks of the 208 has apparently changed a lot due to aerodynamic considerations. Peugeot is not yet ready to unveil it. It gets special wheels and tires, and a much lower co-efficient of drag (Cd) than that of the production model, but the same space.
Using new composites, they managed to shed 200 kg off the weight of the standard 208, which in combination with the hybrid system – consisting of a3-cylinder petrol engine and its EGC (Electronic Gearbox Control) gearbox plus an electric motor – should satisfy both criteria for performance and economy.
Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE will be revealed closer to the Geneva Show.