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by Tim Beissmann

The sporty Peugeot 208 GTi concept will be joined at Geneva by a decidedly more upmarket and luxurious light car concept from the French manufacturer.

The Peugeot 208 XY concept takes the urban appeal of the all-new 208 to a new level. Designed to appeal to “city dwellers who love distinction and refinement”, Peugeot says the concept acknowledges the shift towards exclusivity in the light car segment.

The most striking element is the 208 XY concept’s ‘pulsion’ paint, which is crimson at its core but changes depending on the distance and position from which you view it. No less than 16 coats of paint and lacquer are applied to give the desired effect.

The crimson theme extends to the interior, with a neatly stitched leather dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gear lever gaiter, and stripes on the seat inserts and floor mats.

Peugeot says the beauty is all in the detail, and the panoramic sunroof allows in maximum natural light to appreciate every stitch and surface.

Outside, the concept sports 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome highlights around the sunroof, window edges and front grille.

The 208 XY concept’s 86kW 1.6-litre e-HDi efficient diesel engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, sending power to the front wheels.

While the 208 GTi concept will almost certainly head into production in the short term, Peugeot’s plans for the XY concept are less clear. At the very least, the premium character and materials of the concept should influence future high-grade models in the 208 line-up.

The Peugeot 208 XY and GTi concepts will be unveiled together at the 2012 Geneva motor show on March 6.




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