The all-new Peugeot 208 has been spotted by our spy photographers for the first time, and here behind the camouflage foil, we can see that the French marque’s upcoming B-segment model will adopt the latest design language as sported on the 508 sedan, and to some extent the 3008 SUV as well. Here, the new hatchback appears more muscular with square-cut lines compared to the outgoing model.

The upcoming 208 will be based upon the PSA Group’s CMP architecture for small cars, which already underpins the DS3 Crossback. The CMP base is modular, and allows for electrification via a version dubbed the e-CMP, and our sources suggest the 208 will be among the first for the brand to be offered as a fully electric model.

The development car pictured here could be the high-performance, GTi version of the forthcoming 208, judging from cues such as the roof-mounted spoiler and the dual exhaust pipes. Powertrain details have yet to emerge, though our sources say the performance version of the hatchback could have between 225 hp to 230 hp. There might be two versions of the GTi – a petrol, and a pure EV, our sources note.

The electric version of the upcoming 208 is said to feature a 113 hp electric motor as in the DS3 Crossback, though the 208 will improve on that car’s 450 km range from a 50 kWh battery thanks to lower overall weight. Aside from the camouflage, it appears that much of the 208’s body is close to ready for production. The company will reportedly unveil the Peugeot 208 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

GALLERY: 2017 Peugeot 208 in Malaysia