Peugeot unleashes 207 successor this week; Is this the Indian trump card?

30/10/2011 - 08:36 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

International blogs report that the Peugeot 207 successor, the Peugeot 208, will touch down on November 2nd. Prices and variants are likely to be listed only during the Geneva Motor Show staging in March 2012. This week's event could be a silent affair with photographs and text unloaded on the web.

Below is the teaser video mentioning the event date.

Peugeot is targeting no less than 500,000 units a year out of which nearly 30% is expected to be consumed by France. There is a saloon version of the vehicle on the cards as well, just like Nissan did with the Micra and the Sunny. The report on CarsUK states that the 208 will be shorter and lighter than the 207, but clever packaging liberates more interior room. This has also worked to lower fuel consumption. Peugeot was seen testing 3- and 5-door editions of the 207 around India this year.

Under the hood, Peugeot is following the Micra's footsteps with a 3-pot petrol engine and a 90bhp e-Diesel engine. Peugeot has identified Gujarat as its production hub for the Indian market as well as exports to surrounding countries. The 208 is the likely candidate to roll out of this plant once construction is finished sometime in 2013.

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