Well preceded by a television marketing campaign, the Peugeot 2008 SUV has now be formally launched locally and becomes the first brand within the newly formed Stellantis Group to take to our roads.
The new car gains a chunkier look to make it more planted on the road and the front incorporates a proud and straight grille, a carved bonnet and LED daytime running lights that fade under the projector in order to resurface below.
The 18-inch rims have added inserts with three advantages: easier customisation, significant weight gain (4 kg across all wheels) and better aerodynamics.
Muscular, with a high beltline, the rear end includes lights connected by a black strip with dual exhaust pipes on the PureTech 130 and 155.
Inside, the colours and materials are detailed, with the door panel decoration includes Orange (on Active) or Blue (on Allure) tampo-printing.
The spaciousness of the rear seats (a new record for the new CMP platform) makes the new SUV Peugeot 2008 a particularly versatile SUV. Its length of 4,30 m and its wheelbase of 2,60 m also give it a comfortable boot volume of 434 litres.
Information is placed in the driver’s line of sight. Depending on the version, the Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D instrument cluster projects it like a hologram. The indications are dynamic and animated: they get closer to the eye depending on their degree of importance or urgency.
The equipment and driving aids are taken from the upper segments and are at the highest level of Peugeot brand know-how. It is an impressive technological arsenal, including Drive Assist plus, which paves the way to semi-autonomous driving. It combines the lane departure avoidance system, linked to the Lane Positioning making it possible to choose your position in the lane, the adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function in EAT8 automatic gearbox, Park Assist that automatically manages the steering when entering and leaving a parking spot, with only 60 cm difference between cars when parked and the latest-generation automatic emergency braking, which also detects pedestrians and cyclists, day, and night, from 5 km/h to 140 km/h).
Other driver aids include active warning of involuntary lane crossing (or the roadside), driver warning alert, recommending a break if necessary, automatic switching of high beam, further recognition of signs (one-way, stop) with recommendation for speed signs, active blind spot monitoring and the electric parking brake.
Smartphone information can be integrated into the central screen thanks to Mirror Screen compatibility including MirrorLink connection protocols, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In addition to the induction charging zone, up to 4 USB sockets are available depending on the version (two in the front including one USB-C and two in the back).
Navigation is standard with TomTom Traffic connected 3D navigation, which gives real-time traffic status and recalculates routes automatically. The driver will also be informed about risk areas, surrounding points of interest.
The range is available in 3 levels of finish: Active, Allure and GT Line, the latter with distinctive stylistic attributes including full LED projector lights with 3-claw light signature and diamond 18-inch aluminium wheels with inserts,
All four derivatives in the rangfe share an 1 199 cc three-cylinder engine. The basic 1.2 Allure has 74 kW of power and 205 Nm at 1 750 r/min. All the others offer 96 kW and 230 Nm at the same revs with all but the basic Active driving through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Peugeot is claiming a combined fuel consumption for the Active at 6,4 l/100 km and 6,5 l/100 km for the others with CO2 emmissions of 145 g/km to 148 g/km.