Peugeot has been boasting of its innovative Grip Control enhanced traction technology in the Peugeot 2008 Crossover, and perhaps there is no better way to prove its effectiveness than to field a demonstration of its capability. During the vehicle's launch event for UK media, Peugeot brought journalists into the Snowdome in Tamworth, Staffs.
Upon their arrival at the Snowdome, journalists were greeted by examples of the all-new Peugeot 2008 Crossover at the base of the 170-meter ski slope. Peugeot then had the journalists drive a 2008 without Grip Control, and they found it hard to even drive a few meters on the hard-packed snow. Then, they were made to drive another 2008, this time with Grip Control.
This enhanced traction technology coupled with all season tires – which is standard for every car with Grip Control – allowed the Peugeot 2008 climb with ease the top of the ski slope, which boasts of an average gradient of 27 degrees and a 90-degree corner. The demonstration did not stop there.
The drivers were also made to perform an emergency stop while going down the slope. The result was very impressive as the new traction system allowed the 2008 to quickly stop on its tracks midway the slope. Grip Control is developed for drivers who love to drive on a wide range of surfaces and occasionally need extra traction.
Grip Control, which is a patented technology from the PSA Group, works on the front wheels to boost driver confidence and safety, acting through components already fitted to the unit. Grip Control offers a number of driving mode. The standard mode is recommended for normal road conditions and where there is a low level of skidding.
Depending on the road and skidding conditions, a driver could choose other modes like Snow, Off-Road, Sand or ESP Off. Grip Control is standard on Allure and Feline trim levels with 1.6 petrol and diesel engines. The all-new Peugeot 2008 Crossover with Grip Control carries a starting price of £16,195 OTR.