Peugeot has confirmed that they will be entering the Indian market soon. They have already tied up with CK Birla Group and has already shortlisted Chennai as a city where they will base their manufacturing unit. They have revealed that they plan to launch new products in the market by 2020. This Peugeot 208 was spotted by a reader of Overdrive magazine which goes to show that the Indian arm has started working on the new products.
The vehicle in question is the facelifted version of the 208, which was unveiled last year. While the vehicle doesn’t have any camouflage, the badges were hidden. The only thing that was not hidden was the badge that showcased which engine the car was running.
The engine in question belongs to the Puretech family, which means it is a 3-cylinder unit. In the international market, the vehicle is powered by a 1.0 liter engine making 66 Bhp, a 1.2 liter engine making 80 Bhp and a 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine making 108 Bhp.
There is no clarity yet on which products the group intends to introduce in the Indian market. This particular vehicle was spotted running TR-C plate, which means it is a temporary registration for transporting from one location to another.
Peugeot previously had the 309 sedan on sale back in the 90s. Post that, they also displayed their product line-up at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. At that time, they displayed the 508 sedan, the 3008 Crossover and the RCZ, which is their sports coupe. The 3008 is a mix between a MPV and a SUV. The company also showcased a hybrid cut-out of the 3008 diesel Hybrid. Also on display was the Le Man winning 908 race car from 2009. Initially, the company planned to setup their facility in Gujarat with an investment of close to Rs 4,000 crores, however that seems to have now changed thanks to the tie up with the CK Birla group.