The Peugeot e-208 is a total success in sales in Europe and is even sold in Brazil. To continue on the same path and not lose ground to new rivals – many of which are in development, such as the future Renault 5 and Nissan Micra/March – Stellantis is already planning several changes, not just technical ones, for its next update.
Peugeot e-208: Motorization and More Autonomy
The 208 has been on the market for two years, so the usual half-life update is approaching and should be ready in 2023. In addition to aesthetic adjustments to adapt it to the latest presentations of the brand such as the new 308, Peugeot is preparing a kind of “industrial rethink” ranging from changes in mechanics to the country of origin, to make better use of resources and to become more efficient.
According to the French website L’Argus, the hatchback will be transferred from the Trnava plant in Slovakia to the one in Figueras (Zaragoza) in Spain. It’s worth remembering that the Opel Corsa-e is currently being produced there, sharing the e-CMP platform and other components, so it makes sense to unite all production in one place. The combustion engine versions – including the GT and GT-Line to be marketed in Argentina – will meanwhile be produced at the factory in Morocco. This change in origin would be given to concentrate production of the CMP Entry platform – a simplified version of the CMP – in the Slovakian industrial complex, where the next generation of the European Citroën C3 and C3 Aircross and the Opel Crossland will are being produced .
Returning to the 100% electric variant, in addition to the aesthetic changes, it would replace the current engine from Continental with 136 hp (100 kW) and 26.5 kgm of torque with a more powerful one from Nidec, with 156 hp (115 kW). ) and 27.5 kgm of torque. As expected, the change in propellant will lead to an improvement in performance and efficiency. Likewise, the supplier of the batteries will remain the Chinese company CATL, but they will also be updated, increasing their capacity to 54 kWh, allowing them to further extend their autonomy for several kilometers, ranging from 340 to 400 kilometers on a single charge. Yes, it keeps the fast charging system, suitable for chargers with a capacity of up to 100 kW.
As expected, the update will be the first to hit the European market next year, while in our region, given that the 208 was only launched last year, we estimate that the facelift would begin production at the El Palomar plant. For South America, the most significant change would be the replacement of the well-known 1.2 PureTech and 1.6 VTi engine for the 1.3 and 1.0 turbocharged engines of the Firefly family of the former FCA Group, now Stellantis.