Peugeot 208 GTI Concept & 208 XY Concept
Peugeot is going to present two modern concept cars at Geneva Motor Show, which is going to take place in just a month. The first one is the Peugeot 208 XY Concept which is intended for city dwellers who love distinction and refinement. And the second one is the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept which is a modern reincarnation of the iconic legend. The first glance these two concepts stand out with their detailing of the signature LED headlamp design, which is prominently visible during day and night. The precision continues with the integrated style components on the bodywork. Wheel arches have wing extensions, and bodywork with sills enhance the stance.
All this of course is featured in the new 208 Peugeot GTi Concept. In addition, it also includes chequered-flag motifs that embellish the metal mesh of the grille. The lower bar proudly affirms its origin by displaying the French ‘Le Tricolour' flag or the Union Jack when in the UK. Furthermore, other distinctive exterior features include: double chromed exhaust tailpipes, aero lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions that all capture the signature badging. Placed within the grille is the brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo that can also be found on the rear quarter panels, as a salute to its illustrious predecessor - the legendary 205 GTi. The interior is also remade. The passenger compartment is a true GTi environment, with a characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel. This theme is replicated on the sides of the gear lever. Double stitching is also featured in the. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, and cloth in the centre with an embossed tartan motif, and a leather head restraint. Moreover, the red perforated leather steering wheel continues the check motif, and has a pronounced lower flat section, which carries the GTi Concept logo set in an aluminium ring. The fascia capping is dressed in Alcantara with grey stitching, the roof lining is entirely black and the pedals are aluminium. The centre console architecture and ventilation vents all feature a graduated red to black effect, and the chequered-flag theme is also present on the aluminium door crossbars. This makes it a perfect representation of a sports car. To go further into details, the GTi Concept has a powerfully-compact 1.6-litre RCZ THP 200 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, it is more compact and lighter than its predecessor, thus delivering road-holding that is both excellent and precise. To improve further the dynamic experience, it has a 36mm wider track, at the front and at the rear, and a rear roof spoiler to generate down force at speed. Eventually, GTi Concept is equipped with four discs for optimum braking performance.
Next comes the Peugeot 208 XY Concept, which also carries the name "Urban chic". It is powered by a 1.6-litre e-HDi engine, which develops 115bhp (85 kW) and is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The exterior colour of the vehicle is crimson, and you can see it of course all over the interior too. However, in the body paintwork is also featured a so called special ‘Pulsion' paintwork. This means that the XY Concept appears to constantly change, depending on the distance and the position from which it is viewed. The interior of the cabin is trimmed with crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gear lever gaiter and sides, and with stripes on seat inserts and floor mats, while the panoramic glass roof is edge-trimmed in black leather. Pearly grey leather pleated seats feature five metal rings, which pinch and tighten the material. The steering wheel in leather received crimson micro-stripes with a chrome insert in the lower section. Furthermore, the finishing touches to the interior add a ‘gunmetal' aesthetic treatment to the door crossbars, steering wheel decorations and vent trims. At last, the XY Concept rides on exclusive dual-effect 18" alloy wheels complementing its ‘Pulsion' colour.