The Geneva Motor Show picture is getting clearer and larger with Peugeot's advance reveal of the 208 XY concept (pictured above) and 208 GTi concept (right). Both are based on the 208 hatch and are meant to represent Peugeot's move upscale, but each has a different audience: the XY is for urbanites, the GTi for those who miss the hot-hatch legend.

The XY uses a 115-horsepower diesel hybrid for motivation and six-speed manual transmission. All that lies under sixteen layers of paint and varnish to create its Pulsion exterior hue. Inside, black leather with crimson trim joins an elevated instrument panel perched atop the dash lined with crimson light.

The GTi is a throwback to the slips. It gets numerous tips of the hat to its racing forebear, including a French or a British flag painted on the lower grille, a subtle checkered-flag pattern underneath the clearcoat on the hood and roof, Nappa leather seats with cloth inserts and an Alcantara-topped dashboard.

Follow the jump for a press release with lots of details, and get closer looks before our Geneva report in the gallery of high-res images.
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PEUGEOT XY CONCEPT AND GTi CONCEPT

XY Concept, Exclusive and Urban
GTi Concept, The Regeneration of a Legend


Peugeot is revealing two concept cars in Geneva, the XY Concept and the GTi Concept, which present two expressions of the Marque's upmarket trend, in the "supermini" segment. These concept cars interpret the generation leap already defined by the 208 in different contexts. The XY Concept is intended for city dwellers who love distinction and refinement, whereas the GTi Concept re-generates a legend.

The XY Concept and GTi Concept show off exclusive and sophisticated colours and news ways of working with materials.

Introduced on the 208 and particularly charismatic, their front face sees the light signature of the lamps refined by their full-LED functions and a flat-guide latest generation light guide. A prominent expression visible both day and night! Using the same Full-LED technology, the front direction indicators surround the main beam headlamps giving these concept cars the impression of having an iris. Rich yet also light, the internal headlamp units are rectangular and, on the main beams, the floating trim suggests a feline pupil... a technological and precise expression that is dear to the Marque! This precision continues with the perfect integration of style components in the bodywork. The wheel arches are fitted with wing extenders and the bodywork with body sills, which hug the wheels.

XY Concept, Urban Chic
Powered by the 1.6 l e-HDi, developing 84 kW (115 hp) and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox the XY Concept transports its occupants in a refined environment, the signature colour of which is crimson, adorning both the bodywork and the passenger compartment.

Clothed in the Pulsion shade, the XY Concept appears to change constantly, depending on the distance and the position from which it is viewed. This ability to transform is the result of an exclusive method, based on the very precise application of sixteen coats of paint and varnish.

The passenger compartment is punctuated with crimson leather, natural, with tone on tone stitching: dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gear lever gaiter and sides, strips on seat inserts, mats with a silky feel... The panoramic glass roof is trimmed in black leather.

On board, the driver takes his place in a pearly grey leather seat with a backrest this is pleated. This relief effect is obtained using five metal rings, which pinch and tauten the material. The precision in the working of the material continues with an exclusive steering wheel in leather, with crimson microstripes and a chrome insert in the lower section. Bathed in the natural light provided by the panoramic glass roof, with white ambiance lighting, the finishing touches to the interior add a "gunmetal" aesthetic treatment to the door crossbars, steering wheel decorations and vent trims.

The passenger compartment is not just refined; its ergonomics ensure the driver is fully in tune with his car. Without having to take his eyes off the road, he discovers an elevated instrument panel, the counters of which have a brushed aluminium background and surrounds backlit by white LEDs. With his fingertips, or using the steering wheel controls, he is able to use the large touch screen to listen to his favourite songs streamed from his telephone on which they are stored or to choose the right route... Magic!

Riding on exclusive 18" wheels, combining dual-effect and precise spokes, the XY Concept communicates its chic character on the exterior through its Pulsion colour and numerous special details. A unique coloured chrome adorns the panoramic glass roof trim, the window bases and the quarter panel trim, whereas the lower bar of the grille is trimmed in metallic leather with double stitching. Furthermore, the grille is enriched with a three horizontal chrome bars, overhanging the black lacquered beam.

GTi Concept, The Regeneration of a Legend
The first sensations are visual; they are revealed as soon as the GTi Concept is discovered. Striking red paintwork, rich and very deep, with black reflections, adorns the entire body. Moving a little closer, the bonnet and roof unveil their secret: a web in check motif has slipped under the multiple layers of paint and varnish!

Directly inspired by the flag known to all motor sports enthusiasts, this motif also embellishes the metal mesh of the grille, the lower bar of which proudly affirms its origins by displaying the French flag.

With their black lacquered colour, the grille beam and the lower skirt of the rear bumper are highlighted by an affirmed contrast. Splashes of red tie in the exterior and the interior of the GTi Concept. Diamond cut and varnished, the 18" wheel rims are also embellished with red, as is the chromed double exhaust tailpipe, on its inner faces, and the hollow lettering of the Marque on the grille... without forgetting the "GTi Concept" logo in brushed aluminium, affixed on the quarter panels as a reminder of its illustrious predecessor the legendary 205 GTi.

In the passenger compartment, the stitching and the centre mark of the leather steering wheel in a sports design, the sides of the gear lever, the double stitching of the seats and the LED backlighting of the surrounds of the very technological counters all create a resolutely sporty ambiance by combining with red.

Installed in a seat with different material seat – Nappa leather on the outer section, cloth central section with an embossed tartan motif, leather head restraint – the driver takes in his hands a steering wheel with a pronounced lower flat section, bearing the "GTi Concept" logo set in the aluminium ring. Furthermore, the rim of the steering wheel is covered with red perforations, taking up the check motif.

To perfect this sporty atmosphere, the dashboard capping is in alcantara with grey stitching, whereas the roof is entirely black and the pedal bracket is aluminium. Finally, the dashboard strip and the vents combine the red and the black in a subtle gradation, whereas the check web also adorns the aluminium door crossbars.

The GTi Concept could only be fitted with one engine, that from the RCZ THP 200. Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6 l THP engine puts its driver at the controls of a machine creating previously unknown sensations, renewed thanks to an extensively reviewed instruments and controls.

Thanks to the small steering wheel, the driver is at one with his vehicle and always sets it on the right course, without taking his eyes off the road. In fact, in his line of sight, the information is provided by the elevated instrument panel the dials of which have a brushed aluminium background and very precise graduations. One glance is all it takes!

Taking full advantage of the compactness and lightness, the roadholding is excellent and precise. It is the result of a chassis with tracks that have been widened by 36 mm at the front and at the rear, as well as a sports spoiler echoing the forms of the roof and providing the down force necessary. For optimum braking distances, the GTi Concept is equipped with four discs, of a diameter of 302 mm at the front and 249 mm at the rear, clamped by calipers that are also painted red.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a shame that Peugeot, along with Renault and Citroen, don't sell cars in the states anymore. I know quite a few people who'd be willing to buy them. Personally, I'd give my right arm for a Renaultsport Megane.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Wait for the next generation Sentra. It's supposed to be a world car that will be badged as a Renault in Europe and a Nissan here. So it might be the next Megane I'm hoping.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, not a small car guy but I like what they did here.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      awesome little car, peugeot
      Jens Bothmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      the red one please! what a beautiful car :O
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoo! That is a color.
      vc-10
      • 2 Years Ago
      And they're still hideous. Peugeot haven't built something that's not ugly since the 206.
      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Peugeot is working with Hyundai designers.
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
        you mean the german Hyundai chief designer they hired from BMW? :p
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Georg
          @ justin no, peter schreyer works for kia. the hyundai chief of design is chris chapman, eupean chief designer is a german called thomas b├╝rkle...BOTH came from BMW Christopher Chapman
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Actually, he was from Audi-look it up, his name's Pete Schreyer
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
        Ooh 12 down votes. I must have hit a nerve with the losers on this site! Haha
      DrEvil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prince: Your ride is here.
      dcn2112
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its french..............................
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. A press release that doesn't reveal the power or torque of the engine.
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Doug
        they claim that the engine is the 1.6 I THP from the Peugeot RCZ 200 THP ... after one look at the Peugeot page you will know that it is a 200PS/197hp (147KW) with 275Nm (203ftlbs) of torque 1.6l inline4 16V turbo engine
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the 1.6 l THP engine puts its driver at the controls of a machine creating previously unknown sensations" i got a sensation for you...
      Foris
      • 2 Years Ago
      And so the Toyotafication of Peugeot's styling continues. I'll sit this one out thanks - Peugeot's old styling scared the horses, so this is a typical over-reaction by Peugeot bosses, by wiping out all of their, um, distinctiveness... They should Toyotify something - their reliability. Peugeots are still some of the worst tacked together cars on the planet. And I say that as a sometime Peugeot fan.
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