Friday, 17 February 2012 1:41 PM
Good things, like your correspondent, come in small packages - and this is an attitude clearly shared by Peugeot as they let us in on the fact they're unveiling two supermini concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show.
For hot hatch fans, there's the GTi Concept with a metal mesh grille inspired by the chequered flag and a lower bar that shows off the French Le Tricolour when in France and the Union Jack when in the UK. There are twin exhaust pipes, lower bodywork spoilers and logo that pays homage to its predecessor, the legendary 205 GTi. There's a leather interior (including a saucy red leather steering wheel) with sports seats in a blend of leather and cloth with a tartan motif, and an instrument panel with LED backlighting.
The GTi-tastic 200bhp, 1.6-litre engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with four disc brakes and red brake calipers.
The more accessible concept car is the chromosomally named XY Concept, a new city car take on the popular 208. They've gone all feline with rectangular LED lights that give the impression of the iris of a cat's eye, in keeping with Peugeot's lion logo. The wheel arches have wing extensions, the sills enhance the stance and it is atop 18-inch alloy wheels - it's small but it still has presence.
It has a 1.6-litre diesel engine with 115bhp, again mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The paintwork, known as 'Pulsion' paintwork appears to change colour in the light - the result of 16 coats of paint and lacquer.
The interior is trimmed with crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gearstick gaiter and sides. Intriguingly, the seats are grey pleated leather with five metal rings to tighten the material. But our favourite feature of the interior is the panoramic glass sunroof trimmed in black leather.
We look forward to a closer inspection at Geneva as Peugeot continues their assault on the mini market.
Mmm, GTi goodness
And the XY Concept
By Georgia Lewis
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