Peugeot has introduced another derivative of its new 208 hatch, with the 208 XY entering the scene as the range-topping act. The production version of the car follows on the 208 XY Concept that premiered in Geneva earlier in the year.

Luxury and themed colours are the name of the game with this one. A new colour, purple, joins the five other shades available for the car. There’s a choice of five variants for the XY, from a 1.6 litre diesel e-HDi 92 FAP with a five-speed manual gearbox right up to a 1.6 litre THP 156 six-speed stick shifter.

Plenty of bright chrome bits to be found – the mirror casings, fog lamp trims, window trims and the rear skirt bead are dressed in the stuff. To provide contrast, the quarter panel trim and the centre pillar get touches of gloss black. Newly-designed 17-inch diamond-Anthra Mercure multi-spoke wheels and a XY logo on the tailgate round off the exterior elements.

Inside, the passenger compartment is a perfect reflection of the exterior – the materials and appearance are ‘tied’ together with purple over-stitching, and more chrome garnish is to be found, on the door trims, the vents and the side decorations of the screen.

As for the seats, they’re trimmed in cloth and Alcantara. Aluminium pedals and footrest, along with floor mats edged with bronze cord over-stitched in purple, add more allure. There’s plenty of personalisation options with the XY – outside, there are roof decals to go about making it unique, while Nappa leather, in black or bronze, can be had for the seats.

Standard-fit kit includes a large 7-inch touchscreen head unit with extended connectivity (jack socket, USB and Bluetooth) and a six-speaker system and a panoramic glass roof with ambience backlighting.