Official: Peugeot confirms small SUV based on the 208

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 8, 2012

Peugeot is the latest automaker to see the potential of small SUVs and crossovers by making the announcement that it is working on a crossover that will be positioned below the 4008. The automakers that don’t have an entry in this segment are currently scrambling to offer at least one in this area. Peugeot has produced SUV in the past but it had limited this to the Mercedes-based P4 from the 1980s, and the more recent Mitsubishi -based 4007.

Another Mitsubishi-based SUV that’s referred to as the 4008 is scheduled to go up against smaller offerings such as the Opel-badged version of the upcoming Buick Encore and the Nissan Juke.

Peugeot is adamant that its platform will be entirely new model built and will be designed exclusively by Peugeot.

The internal name for this crossover is called the A94 internally but if Peugeot stays true to tradition, it will be called the 2008 when it hits the market. It will likely borrow styling cues from the HR1 Concept presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

According to a report, the arrival of the 2008 indicates that Peugeot will not create a station wagon version of the 208. Just the 206 and the 207 were offered as station wagons. Notably, no model was ever successful.

The release of the Peugeot 2008 is expected to change the standards when it comes to large volume vehicles within the small car class. One look and the innovation can clearly be seen as it manages to combine different worlds. By having a strong style, it strengthens its identity of being able to offer excellent driving experience, volume and practicality.

This new urban crossover from Peugeot shows sporty attributes given the sophistication and elegance of the sides and its sculpted wings. Its surfaces have been generously glazed and with the panoramic roof, delivering an interior that offers space and makes it open to the environment. Looking at the rear section, it manages to mix dynamism with strength.

Its boot volume has a low loading sill and on top is a roof, based on the RCZ, which comes with dynamic curves. While the lamps have been secured to its bodywork, it also frames the wide tailgate. In this housing are three luminous claws which get light from LEDs at its base and looks as if it is suspended. On the front, it has the same style as that of the Marque though parts have been adjusted with the entire surplus material being removed.

The qualities of lightness, strength, and protection, are clear given the Peugeot 2008’s finely sculpted bonnet. Its advanced headlights come with the design customized for its technical functions. They work with the bodywork for instance to build a form similar to the pupil of a cat’s eye.

Since they act as one unit with its front face, it results in the Peugeot 2008 having a more individual personality with technological and more expressive qualities. Highlighting this look further are the LED daytime running lamps.

Meanwhile the floating grille has been positioned in an upright manner, giving it a feel of power and refinement. Rounding up the impression of the front section are the wings and bonnet. Going back to the roof, it helps emphasize the profile given its elegant and dynamic movement. There is a roof wave that comes out on top of its rear seats and sets the stage for a design looking as if it cuts into metal.

Since it appears as if it is crimped to its bodywork, it is where the spoiler starts which then extends to the surface. The sense of leisure and dynamism is boosted by the finishing touches, particularly with how the precise the design of the roof bars are done.

Fitted to the Peugeot 2008 are the alloy 17-inch wheels having a matt finish and with “Mud & Snow” tires. Given that the wheel arch surrounds have a special shape, it not only gives this model a good stance but also clearly shows its capability.

Protecting them are the body sills and black bumpers as well as the off-road protection panels on the front and rear which are in stainless steel and have side moldings in chrome.

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