Peugeot will unveil the 208 HYbrid FE, a full petrol hybrid with exceptional characteristics and without a Plug-in energy source. Based on a production Peugeot 208 but with performance of 0 to 62 mph in 8.0 seconds and CO2 of just 49g/km.
Numerous innovations are implemented in several areas:
- Aerodynamic properties: improvements of 25% for the CdA,
- Weight: reduction of 20%,
- Powertrain: 10% improvement in fuel economy,
- Hybridisation: recovery of 25% of the energy over one drive cycle.
The 208 HYbrid FE project combines ideas which until now acted against each other –Fuel Economy and Fun & Efficient, practicality and driving pleasure giving a preview of the vehicles of tomorrow.
The objective of the 208 HYbrid FE is to combine real driving pleasure with low CO2 emissions. More precisely, the intention is to halve the CO2 emissions of the PEUGEOT 208, equipped with the 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp and to provide it with acceleration comparable to a performance hatchback, so quite a challenge!
The challenge was made all the greater for the teams of the 208 HYbrid FE project as the production PEUGEOT 208 is already renowned for its weight-saving design and its latest-generation engines that allow it to offer a high-level driving experience.
Fluidity is part of the Marque’s stylistic heritage, it is in its DNA. On the 208 HYbrid FE, the aerodynamics experts took the exercise to an extreme. So, the Cd improves by 25%, to a value slightly lower than 0.25, a real feat on a conventional vehicle where the passenger space and boot are maintained!
To achieve this, the air is parted by the ‘floating grille’ redesigned for permeability and reduced by 40% to just 5dm². In fact, as the engine has been modified for efficiency, it duly requires less cooling.
On the body sides, any flow disrupting components have been eliminated to help improve the aero performance. The tyres, specially developed by Michelin, are of the Tall&Narrow type, i.e.: of large diameter and narrow width. They are fitted on 19” alloy wheels on which carbon aerodynamic flaps fill the space between each spoke.
The 208 HYbrid FE needed to retain the interior features of the production hatchback model. The result proves it: a very economical vehicle that can comfortably accommodate five people and their luggage. Only the air conditioning is eliminated due to its impact on fuel consumption.
The 208 HYbrid FE is driven by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, which combines development of the latest generation of 3-cylinder engine with a battery and an electric motor taken from PEUGEOT Sport’s Endurance programme. Special engine management and special software control the entire drive train. Overall, the efficiency of the powertrain increases by an impressive 10%.