Based on the 208 hatch, the 2008 joins the larger 3008 and 4008 softroaders which have been attracting new customers to the French marque. Its arrival will probably see the demise of the slow-selling wagon in this segment, with the 207 Touring model currently in runout.
Peugeot says the 2008 is the first vehicle to be designed and developed simultaneously for several geographic markets. At just 4.16m long, the 2008 combinesg the driving characteristics of a hatchback and the strength of an SUV.
"The all-new 2008 takes Peugeot into an emerging crossover SUV segment that gives customers a car that is the size of a regular hatchback but offers the functionality and practicality that an SUV gives," Peugeot Australia boss Bill Gillespie said. With its higher-driving position the 2008's beefed up wheel arches house 17 inch `Diamond' wheels fitted with `Mud&Snow' tyres.
The black bumpers and body sills serve to protect it from abrasions with the addition of front and rear body protection and side mouldings in stainless steel. The front face adopts the latest Peugeot style codes.
The innovative headlamps are sharp and precise, combining with the bodywork to give the outline appearance of a eye's pupil. This look is emphasised by LED daytime running lamps.
The new 2008 has elegant and sophisticated sculpted wings and sides, indicating clear athletic qualities. The generous glazed surfaces, including the panoramic roof, promise a spacious interior open to its surroundings.
Inspired by the RCZ, the roofline has dynamic curves while the wide tailgate is framed by lamps secured to the bodywork. Floating inside their housing, the three luminous claws are lit at their base by LEDs that appear suspended.
The latest-generation engines offer an exceptional driving experience combined with a true breakthrough in terms of fuel economy. Due to the technology of the e-HDi Diesel and new 3-cylinder petrol engines, the 2008 urban crossover stands out from the competition with CO2 starting from 99g/km.