Peugeot presents the new 208 with the 1.2 Puretech engine. And the 127 kW GT

In new car presentations, the hottest version tends to be the one that gets more attention, but that has not happened with the new Peugeot 208, presented yesterday in Brazil with two new engines. The car should be exported to surrounding countries, such as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. While the 127 kW 1.6 THP GT will make some dream of having more money available, the 1.2 Puretech is the real star. Not only because this 3-cylinder engine has not been presented to the Brazilian customers so far, even after being presented in Europe in 2013, but also because it will power the new entry-level version of 208.

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As we have already told here, this is the first flex Puretech engine in the world. With ethanol, it is able to produce 66 kW at 5,750 rpm and 127 Nm at 2,750 rpm. The petrol only version produces 60 kW and 118 Nm in the same rotations. The new engine replaces the 68 kW 1.5 4-cylinder flex engine that used to power the 208 in Brazil and the turbocharged version of this engine, yet to be revealed in the South American country, will probably replace the 90 kW 1.6 4-cylinder flex engine that still powers the Allure, Sport and Griffe versions of the car.

The Active version, the only one to count on the new 3-cylinder engine, costs R$ 48,190, or US$ 13,400, or 11,800 euros. It is 2,000 euros cheaper than the equivalent car sold in Europe and costs about the same price a Kia Rio has in the USA. And the Kia Rio is one of the cheapest cars there. And the new 208 is one of the cheapest options in its market segment in Brazil, competing with the 1.6 Hyundai HB20 (R$ 50,295) and the Fiat Punto (R$ 49,640). It only loses to the 1.4 Chevrolet Onix, priced at R$ 46,290.

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The intermediate options, powered by the 90 kW 1.6 engine, cost R$ 54,990 (Allure), R$ 60,890 (Sport) and R$ 64,590 (Griffe). And the most powerful one, the 208 GT, will cost R$ 78,990, or 19,300 euros. There is no equivalent to it in Europe, only the GTi, which is more powerful (153 kW), but 6,600 euros more expensive.

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The 208 GT has a top speed of 224 km/h and an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 s.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.