With the hatchback segment heating up, French carmakers Peugeot and Renault have decided to upgrade their B-segment offerings- the 208 and Clio respectively. You will see them live at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, before they go on sale in markets across Europe.
The current Renault Clio is a great looking Supermini and thus, not many changes have been made to it in this aspect. The Peugeot 208, on the other hand, sits on a new platform and has a completely different design- which for me, looks very ‘French ‘.
Peugeot 208- Chic, compact and even Electric!
I absolutely love the new 208. It is urban, has an upscale interior, come with manual transmission and even has a capable all-electric variant- a complete package if you ask me. It will blend right in with the streets of Paris and even add to the aesthetics.
The Supermini gets a short front fascia with mesh grille and prominent logo. LED lighting is provided in higher trims. Sides look sporty with 17-inch wheels nicely filling out the arches.
On the rear, its blacked-out roof extends with the boot spoiler and a similar treatment is provided for the taillights.
The 2019 Peugeot 208 is available in the following trims: Access, Active, Allure, GT Line, GT and e-208
Interior looks posh, certainly better than some of the others in the segment. Peugeot’s i-cockpit instrument console if provided and a driver focused digital infotainment system sit atop the dashboard. Knobs and buttons are limited and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel complete its look.
The 208 sits on a new Common Modular Platform (CMP) – replacing the PF1, and is flexible enough to accommodate an electric powertrain. Standard models get a three-cylinder 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine- in 75hp, 100hp and 130hp trims, and a 100 hp 1.5L four-cylinder diesel strictly in manual. Gasoline models get 8-speed automatic too.
The electric e-208 has 136 hp and 260 Newton-meters (192 pound-feet) motor capable of returning 340 km (211 miles) ‘WLTP’ range. A detailed impression of this variant will be available on our ‘Electric & hybrid’ section.
2019 Renault Clio- Looks same but now with RS!
We will also see the 5-th generation Renault Clio at Geneva- shorter and wider than before. There’s a whole bunch of new tech as well, and a RS variant to boost (replacing GT).
Though the car is shorter than before, space inside its cabins hasn’t gone down. Infact, it is more spacious, courtesy of increased width and compact interior packaging. Trunk space is now best in class, increasing by 91 liters (to 391 liters)
Compared to the standard model, the new Clio RS trim gets a F1 blade, honeycomb grille, bespoke 17-inch wheels and a different bumper. Interior get matching ‘RS’ upgrades as well.
Details on the engine and output aren’t available yet.
Stay tuned for more updates!