Peugeot will become the first manufacturer to offer a textured paintjob for its production cars, it has emerged.
The new Peugeot 208 – on sale from June – will come with a choice of Ice Grey and Ice Silver in addition to 11 other shades, both of which are said to do more than just make people say “oooh pretty”.
The ‘subtly granular’ texture is said to be more ‘hard-wearing’ compared with conventional matt paint, while being able to resist ‘micro-scratching’ caused by general wear and tear. It is also less susceptible to damage through car washing, Peugeot claims.
While a typical metallic and textured paint share the same anti-corrosion, primer and colour base layers, the latter has a unique lacquer on top. Fine particles of silica are applied in the lacquer to give the non-shiny matt look and improve toughness while micro-balloons of polyamide provide the special texture.
Four years of technical development has been put into the patented textured paint.
Those who like the sound of the clever paint can have it for £645, the same price as a pearlescent alternative. Two personalisation packs – Menthol White and Lime Yellow – can be specified for the interior and exterior for a little extra style.
The new Peugeot 208 will go on sale in the UK in June 2015, having publically debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. A choice of four new engines will be available. Stay tuned for specs and prices.