Peugeot has confirmed the starting price and key specification for the UK-bound 208 GTi, with the promise that “British buyers will be delighted” with the car.
The flagship car for the range will start from £18,895 on the road for the three-door body style. It is unclear whether a five-door will be offered.
Lighter and lither than its ultimately disappointing predecessor, the 207 GTi, the new 1.6-litre turbocharged 208 GTi has a number of tricks up its sleeve to fit with a much tougher role in the post-recession European economy.
It hits the right financial notes with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km and achievable fuel economy expected to be in the mid-40s. This is balanced with a 200bhp punch and maximum torque available from only 1,700rpm. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.
It is also rumoured to come equipped with a manual gearbox as standard, which will separate it from almost all its direct competitors convincingly in the eyes of keen drivers.
Among its equipment will be model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, red painted front and rear brake calipers, twin chrome exhausts and a body-coloured rear spoiler. LED daytime running lights will be standard, along with half-leather sports seats, DAB digital radio and rear parking sensors.
The order books will open on March 1, with prices for options yet to be confirmed. Deliveries are expected to start in the summer.