Peugeot's Latest 208 Hybrid FE is a Driver's Super Mini
|   Friday, November 01, 2013
Peugeot's latest revelation – the 208 Hybrid FE – is a standard issue super mini from the house of Peugeot. FE stands for Fun and Economy while a host of latest technologies have been used to develop this vehicle. Ideas behind every new build are criticized at some point of time and further modifications are made to turn these into perfection. Peugeot's 208 Hybrid FE has a similar story.

Peugeot have designed a vehicle emitting 46 g/km of Co2 in real world conditions along with accelerating from 0 – 60 MPH within 8 seconds.
Peugeot appointed a majority of the engineers working on the 208 Hybrid FE from their sports division and suddenly the performance figures are not shocking. Peugeot built this vehicle from scratch within 24 months and this includes time required to test every component of this vehicle.

The engineering team working on this vehicle claims they had to work on four aspects to get this vehicle back on track, improving fuel efficiency, aerodynamics, reducing weight and working on the hybrid platform. These modifications have surprisingly enhanced drive dynamics and we were pleasantly surprised when this vehicle was taken for track and road tests. We had expected a stiff riding posture along with an equally stiff suspension setting and handling.

However, the vehicle turned out to be surprisingly free and committed to sports activities, quite unlike its predecessor. Peugeot has finally come out with a vehicle which can be used for cruising and commuting while high performance can be expected anytime the throttle is pushed hard enough. Throttle responsiveness is quite high and this is evident every time you cross 4000 RPM. The vehicle just seems to push forward quite unlike a traditional 208.

Major engineering developments, modifications and upgrades have been made on this vehicle while use of Total Polymers keeps weight in check. Peugeot claims to have shaved off 15 kg from its original 208 while poly carbon windows and doors have been added to shave off another 5 kg from the total weight. Design changes include a smaller radiator grille, smaller chassis, modified floor pressing and skin panels.

These however do not decrease cabin space while the interior received a few modifications as well. A mix of natural fibers and polypropylene has been used on the interior as well and they enhance comfort and aesthetic appeal inside the cabin. Peugeot has worked on a completely new suspension setting along with Hutchison and this advanced McPherson strut suspension enhances ride comfort while double wishbone suspension and anti roll bars along with front springs on the front and rear enhance comfort.

Advanced engineering makes this vehicle lighter by 20 kg and this is a good thing when you are competing in the super mini segment. Competition is high and car makers are coming up with new and advanced technologies in its upcoming models. Standard models will feature a 1.0 liter petrol engine while a 1.2 liter petrol engine is also on offer. Power generation is static at 68 BHP while additional 25 percent torque is available on the high end variant.
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