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).
A quick look inside the new Peugeot 2008 and the driver will immediately get a feeling of starting on a new journey. The new Brundy trim for instance makes use of earth colors. Combine this with how its aircraft type handbrake and Grip Control dial have both been positioned on the all-exclusive console and you get a truly elegant atmosphere with eye-catching colors.
A silky material covers the fascia capping, making its occupants want to touch it. Meanwhile, the use of satin chrome on some features help liven up this area. These features include the touch screen trims, gear lever knob ears, small steering wheel lower decoration, handbrake lever, and vents. For higher trim levels, the brand will be offering two different kinds of console. The first option uses a paint that has intense depth and has mixed-in metallic and mat flecks.
The second console meanwhile utilizes an arrangement of graduated fine lines. To make this design possible, the brand implemented an engraving process that used a highly precise laser. This design can also be seen on the door crossbars of the front and rear, as well as the fascia trim. The panoramic glass roof enables the passenger compartment to have that natural light.
Further, the roof is equipped with an electric shutter. Once the lights are turned on, its LED guides are able to bring out a dimmed blue light. Customers who opt for the steel roof rather than the glass version can also get that distinct light signature. For this type, the roof is decorated with that very precise design made possible with laser engraving. When nighttime comes, the Peugeot LED Track is then lit by LEDs that can be described as a soft white light.
Similar to the exterior, this light signature is also an important part of the Peugeot 2008’s passenger compartment. Indeed, the feel on the inside is unlike any other. On higher versions, the head up dials have been positioned for a good line of vision. It is framed by blue LED backlighting. Other versions will instead be chromed.