The Peugeot 2008 SUV could get an all-electric little brother.
The 208 city hatchback is still on the cards for Australia, but it could be electric-only when it arrives.
Peugeot Australia this morning confirmed the “208 is under consideration for local potential, and more likely as a full electric than internal-combustion” car.
Were the e-208 to come Down Under, it would go head-to-head with the Mini Electric.
The battery-powered French hatchback has a claimed range of 340km on the more stringent WLTP test cycle from its 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
It’s not ready to lock in the electric 208 just yet, but Peugeot has confirmed its move towards electrification will start with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, though it hasn’t confirmed which.
It comes as light car sales continue to trend downwards. Year-to-date, total light car sales in Australia are down 46.3 per cent.
Even pre-COVID, the segment was declining – last year, for example, light car sales were down 17.3 per cent.
In contrast, small SUV sales were flat last year. While not terrific news for automakers, it’s a more promising segment for Peugeot.