Peugeot reveals unique new textured paint for 208

Ahead of the new Peugeot 208 going on sale in the UK this June, the manufacturer has revealed a unique new textured paint finish, which will be exclusive to the 208 range.

Currently available in two colours, Ice Grey and Ice Silver, the new textured paintwork is reportedly a world first on a production vehicle, and offers buyers the option of an even more unique new car.

While unique finishes are typically available only on limited edition models or as an expensive premium option, Peugeot says that the new finish will be available for just £645, the same as pearlescent paint.

Hard-wearing and easy to care for

Subtly granular to the touch, Peugeot says that the new paintwork is more hard-wearing and easier to care for than traditional matt finishes, and emphasises the dynamic design of the new 208.

As well as that, it also reportedly offers better resistance to scratches and the company is so confident in the new paint’s abilities that it’s guaranteed to last for the car’s entire lifetime.

The result of almost four years of development, the new paintwork features the same anti-corrosion, prime and colour bases as conventional paint, with the addition of fine silica particles.

In total, the new Peugeot 208 is available with a choice of two textured colours, two solid colours and seven metallic finishes, alongside one pearlescent option and the distinctive two-tone finish of the 208 GTi.

Having made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Peugeot’s best-selling 208 hatchback has been revised for the new year, complete with fresh styling and new engine options.

It features a subtle facelift, with a sharper front bumper, wider grille and a deeper, fully-integrated chrome finishers for a striking and dynamic new appearance.

Complemented by new two-tone headlights with an LED light signature, the new 208 also comes with the choice of 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, which can be painted, laser engraved or finished with diamante.

Each engine in the range has been reworked to meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards, making each 208 model exempt from road tax charges, while each also features stop-start technology.

Frugal but dynamic new 208

The addition of a new ultra-frugal 1.6-litre BlueHDI diesel range also ups efficiency even further. Available in three power levels ranging between 74bhp and 118bhp, the new engines can return a record 94.1mpg with CO2 emissions of just 94g/km.

Two new hot hatch performance trims are also available, the 208 GT Line and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport, which add extra sporting features and higher-output engines.

Peugeot has yet to release pricing details for the updated Peugeot 208 range, but it’s expected that more will be announced before they go on sale later this year.