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An early engineering mule for the new Peugeot 208 hatch has been spied doing cold climate testing in northern Europe.

With the mule’s bolt-on wheel arch extensions, we can see that the second-generation 208 will be wider than today’s car, which measures 1739mm across.

Looking closely, we can’t see any other quick and dirty body modifications, indicating that the new 208’s wheelbase and overall length should roughly similar to today’s car, which is 3962mm long and rides on a 2538mm wheelbase.

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The new 208 will be one of the first vehicles to ride on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) that’s being co-developed with Dongfeng, one of the PSA Group’s major shareholders and its partner in the Chinese market.

In time, CMP will also underpin the Citroen C3, and, no doubt, a plethora of China-only models. In addition to traditional petrol and diesel engines, CMP will also support fully electric drivetrains.

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With the PSA Group’s recent purchase of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors, reports indicate that the next-generation Vauxhall and Opel Corsa will be shifted to the 208’s CMP underpinnings, despite the fact that the new cars are already at an advanced stage of development.

The second-generation 208 hatch is expected to be launched some time in 2018.

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