Peugeot reveals the complete set of details about its 2008 crossover

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2013

Peugeot has revealed the complete set of details about its 2008 crossover that’s set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The most interesting things about it is that it has the lowest kerbweight of 1045kg; it has 98g/km of CO2 emissions, and it comes with a variety of 'Connected App' services. The 2008 is expected to go up against rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman.

2008 is targeted at urban residents who want to see what’s outside the city. It appears to be based on the 208 supermini. However, it also takes inspiration from the bigger 3008 and has borrowed its Grip Control off-road system.

Peugeot 2008 has a length of 4.16m and a width of 1.74m, making it about 20cm longer and 5cm wider than the 208 on which it's based. This means that the five passengers get more space. The car has a 360-litre boot capacity but when the rear seats are folded, it could go as big as 1194 litres.

The vehicle has a small steering wheel, which is taken from the 208. This is meant to provide a sense of agility. 2008 also comes with a standard offering of a head-up display and seven-inch touchscreen, which allows the driver to access Peugeot Connect Apps.

Live information like weather conditions, traffic and local attractions are offered via 3G anytime. Peugeot will launch the 2008 with 11 apps. Peugeot will later present an app store with extra content like social media, email and Wikipedia. The 2008 uses numerous styling elements from other Peugeot models.

2008 also gets the 'claws' in the tail lights, which first appeared in the 508, as well as the new Peugeot grille. These headlights are believed to bear a resemblance to cats' eyes. During the launch, the 2008 will be offered with two petrol and three diesel engine choices.

All of these come with a stop-start system. The petrol range is composed of a 1.2-litre VTi with 81bhp and a 118bhp 1.6-litre version. On the other hand, the diesels have outputs that range from 67bhp to 113bhp. In the near future, the petrol range will be boosted with a turbocharged three-cylinder powerplant. Peugeot provides either 109 or 128bhp. Peugeot said the weight of this engine is 12kg lower than the equivalent four-cylinder engine.

When it comes to vehicles, safety should always start at the seated driver, one that offers comfort and allows the driver to blend with the environment. To make this possible, the company made full use of the intuitive platform that is present in the controls and instruments of the Peugeot 2008. An excellent example would be the small steering wheel which ensures that control of the 2008 is easy and offer driving precision.

By having the head-up instrument panel, the time needed to get any information is lowered. The availability of the 7-inch touch display screen makes everything with reach of the driver and minimizes the command needed to control the navigation and audio systems. In addition, the driver can clearly depend on the cruise control-speed limiter, fitted as standard on all variants.

With this the driver can make the needed chassis adjustments and control a wide range of different equipment. Indeed, the 2008 is able to deliver on a combination that has never been seen before as it mixes ease, reactive driving, and safety. The company revealed that all 2008 variants will come with the ESP as standard. This feature is disconnectable for a maximum of 30 mph (50 km/h).

It also combines different functions that include anti-skid regulation (ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), emergency braking assistance (EBA), and stability control (CDS). All versions will also have a total of four brake discs. The difference though is that they have been adapted depending on the type of engine in order to enhance qualities like durability and performance.

What this means is that for the front, the ventilated discs measure 266 x 22mm for the standard version while the more powerful ones measure 283 x 26mm. On the rear, the lineup will be fitted with the non-ventilated discs measuring 249 x 9mm. It is important to note that when it comes to the structure of this model, it was designed to make sure that if an impact were to occur, the deformation is optimized.

What this means is that the energy present in the force channels is dispersed, ensuring that the integrity of the vehicle’s passenger compartment is maintained. Providing more protection for the occupants are a total of six airbags, two each on the curtain, the side, and front.

Further the front seat backs have side air bags installed on them. Thus regardless of how the occupants sitting in the front adjust their seats, the protection provided is optimized. If children will be joining the trip, their safety is enhanced by simply disconnecting the airbag for the front passenger and putting it on the “rear facing” child seat. Further, the rear side seats have been fitted with the Isofix mountings having three fixing points.

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