Peugeot has revealed its new-generation 2008 small SUV that will be made available with an all-electric plug-in variant, as well as petrol and diesel power, when it hits European showrooms in 2020.
Although Peugeot’s Australian distributor Inchcape is still studying which versions to bring to local showrooms, it has not ruled out the introduction of the French emissions-free small crossover, dubbed e-2008.
Underpinned by a 100kW electric motor and 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack, similar to the e-208 light hatchback revealed in March at the Geneva motor show, Peugeot says the e-2008 will be good for 310km of range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure.
The battery, fitted under the floor, can also be juiced up to 80 percent in half an hour thanks to a high-power 100W charger, or 20 hours with a standard household outlet.
Pushing its cutting-edge technology credentials, buyers of the e-2008 can also use a smartphone app to pre-heat or cool the car remotely, as well as set recharging times and check battery levels.
Aside from the all-electric powertrain, the second-generation 2008 will also be made available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in three states of tune or a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel four cylinder – at least in Europe.
With Australia’s current 2008 line-up consisting exclusively of petrol power, namely an 81kW/205Nm 1.2-litre unit across its front-drive Active ($25,990 before on-road costs), Allure ($29,900) and GT-Line ($31,500), do not expect to see the oil-burning version land Down Under.
Built on the same Peugeot-Citroen Common Modular Platform (CMP) that also underpins the new-generation 208, the new 2008 is 140mm longer than its predecessor at 4300mm, while also measuring 1700mm wide and 1540mm tall.