The refreshed 2016 Peugeot 208 range will go on sale in Australia later this month, the carmaker has confirmed today, following its unveiling at March’s Geneva motor show.

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Arriving with lightly revised styling and new gear, the updated 208 range also welcomes new variants and a significantly sharper price of entry.

Thanks to the debut of a new base-model 208 Access grade, pricing now starts from $15,990 plus on-road costs - compared to $19,990 drive-away for the outgoing range’s Active model, which had likewise been reduced from an earlier $19,990 plus on-roads price.

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The Access begins with a five-speed manual and a 60kW/185Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine, although a $18,990 automatic Access model is also available, equipped with a new six-speed unit and a more powerful 81kW/205Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech turbo petrol engine that replaces the outgoing 88kW 1.6-litre unit.

Fuel figures for the refreshed line-up are still to come.

Peugeot says the Access models signal “Peugeot’s intention to speak directly to first car-buyers and the younger end of the Compact market”.

The Active model continues, although its price has climbed to $21,990 plus on-road costs (it launched in 2012 from $21,490). The mid-spec Allure likewise remains, priced from $25,990 (up from $24,490).

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The three-door 208 GTi remains the line-up’s flagship model, picking up a more powerful engine and returning to its earlier $30,990 point after a brief drop to $29,990 earlier this year, while a new GT-Line variant slots in underneath with a $27,490 price tag.

Now driving the 208 GTi is a revised turbocharged 1.6-litre Euro 6 engine that delivers 153kW and 300Nm of torque, up from 147kW and 275Nm in the outgoing model.

Fans will recognise this as the same engine that powered the limited-edition 208 GTi 30th Anniversary, which boasted a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds.

One step down is the GT-Line model, driven by the same 81kW 1.2-litre turbo engine found in the Allure, but packing a number of sports-styled features that include 17-inch alloy wheels, piano black and gloss red highlights, sports seats and more. (See full list below.)

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2016 Peugeot 208 features at a glance:

Access manual

60kW, 1.2L, 3 cylinder, PureTech drivetrain

5 –speed manual transmission

Six airbags

ABS, EBD, Traction control and stability control

Tyre pressure warning sensors

Power front windows

Cruise control with electronic speed limiter

Air-conditioning with air-conditioned glovebox

Six speaker audio with CD player and Arkamys digital sound processing

USB and Bluetooth connectivity

Steering wheel audio controls

Central locking

Halogen headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)

Hurricane Grey paint

15” steel wheels with wheel covers with full size spare

NEW Access automatic (RRP: $18,990) – over Access manual.

Access automatic

81kW 1.2L, 3-cylinder PureTech, turbo-petrol drivetrain

Six-speed Aisin automatic transmission

Stop and Start system

Active automatic (in addition to Access features)

81kW 1.2L, 3-cylinder PureTech, turbo-petrol drivetrain

7-inch full-colour touchscreen audio

Front fog lamps

Rear parking sonar

Programmable cruise control via 7-inch touchscreen

Two-tone black and chrome headlamps with LED DRL

16” Titane alloy wheels with full size spare

Leather steering wheel

Body colour door handles

Electric folding mirrors

Allure automatic (in addition to Active features)

81kW 1.2L, 3-cylinder PureTech, turbo-petrol drivetrain

Dual-zone climate control

Satellite navigation

Self-parking (Entry, exit, parallel)

Fog lamps with cornering function

Front parking sensors

Automatic headlamps

Rain-sensing wipers

Electrochromatic rear view mirror

Chrome pack with chrome effect ‘Equalizer’ grille and mirror shells

Smooth leather steering wheel and gear lever with satin chrome highlights

Satin chrome highlights around air vents and dash

Folding centre armrest with storage

Mistral mesh sports cloth trim

GT-Line automatic (in addition to Allure features)

81kW 1.2L, 3-cylinder PureTech, turbo-petrol drivetrain

17-inch Caesium alloy wheels

Privacy glass

GT-Line piano black and gloss red interior highlights and red stripe seatbelts

Sports bucket seats in Mistral/Red Oxford topstitch

Smooth leather and chrome steering wheel

Passenger seat height adjustment

‘Equalizer’ sports grille with red highlights and red Peugeot lettering

Perla nera black mirror shells

Chrome exhaust tips

GT-Line badging

GTi manual (over and above GT-Line)

3-door body style

153kW and 300Nm 1.6 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine

6-speed manual transmission

17-inch Carbone alloy wheels

Chrome headlamps with GTi lettering and LED lighting signature

Unique front and rear bumpers

Rear spoiler

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Sports bucket seats in half nappa leather and mesh cloth trim

GTi badging and identity plate

Minus front parking sonar and park assist

2016 Peugeot 208 GTi pricing (plus on-road costs):

Access manual - $15,990 (60kW)

Access auto - $18,990 (81kW)

Active - $21,990 (81kW, auto only)

Allure - $25,990 (81kW, auto only)

GT-Line - $27,490 (81kW, auto only)

GTi - $30,990 (153kW, manual only)