Geneva motor show 2012: Peugeot 208 XY
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The 208 XY has a similar makeover to the 208 GTI concept car that also makes its debut at the Geneva show. There are extended wheelarches and sills and a chunky front bumper, but the XY’s exhaust is hidden, and the alloy wheels and front grille are more classically styled.
Peugeot says the appearance of the XY’s ‘Pulsion’ paintwork constantly changes, depending on the distance and position from which it is viewed. The effect was achieved by the application of sixteen coats of paint and lacquer.
The interior features crimson stitched-leather trim and pale grey leather seats with pleated details.
The name XY is said to have been inspired by X and Y chromosomes and human potential, while the car is aimed at people who want a luxuriously trimmed supermini that’s less aggressive and overtly sporty than the GTi.
The 208 XY Concept has a 1.6-litre diesel engine, but a production version is likely to be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Peugeot hasn’t confirmed production of the XY, but we’d be surprised if it wasn’t launched around the same time as the 208 GTI, in late 2012.