Peugeot makes its first entry into the compact crossover market with the new Peugeot 2008 that’s set to go up against the Nissan Juke. The 208-based supermini-SUV will be launched this March at the Geneva motor show and is set to arrive in the UK this September. The 2008 will be competing with the more established models like the Juke and Mini Countryman as well as other new entries such as the Vauxhall Mokka, Ford Ecosport and Renault Captur.
Peugeot didn’t offer many details about the 2008 yet. But we do know that the car’s length is 4160mm, which makes it longer than the Juke by 25mm. The 2008’s appearance is much like the 208, with the same front grille and front and rear headlight design as the supermini. Peugeot raised the ride height and driving position.
The vehicle also features a rugged bodykit, which consists of black bumpers and sills and roof rails. The 2008 could also come with 17in alloys covered with ‘Mud&Snow’ tyres. The 2008 will only be available with front-wheel drive but it can be integrated with a clever ‘Grip Control’ traction system that gives it some off-road prowess. This system is similar to what the larger 3008 uses. Its engines will come mostly from the 208.
This range consists of a new version of the turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, together with 1.4 and 1.6 e-HDI diesels. When the 2008 is in its most efficient version, the 2008 will offer 99g/km of CO2. The 2008 is the first Peugeot model to have been designed and have had its development in several global markets. It will also have worldwide production (in the countries of France, China and Brazil).