New Peugeot mini-SUV revealed

The success of the likes of the Nissan Juke has inspired more manufacturers to turn their small hatchbacks into mini-SUV crossovers and Peugeot is the latest to reveal its new model.

The new Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept is only a design study as the moment but Peugeot is expected to seriously consider putting the compact car into production in future.

Measuring not much longer than a new Peugeot 208, the Urban Crossover Concept uses a new take on Peugeot’s front end design with a large ‘smiling’ grille and low, curved roofline.

The Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept is designed as a practical small car with a raised ground height, hatchback rear end and roof rails for extra storage.

At the back, it features distinctive ‘claw-like’ rear lights and a double-bubble roof lifted straight from the stunning 2+2 Peugeot RCZ coupe, which is on sale now from Peugeot dealerships in the UK.

Peugeot describes the car as having ‘multi-role capability’ thanks to its SUV/hatchback design and, according to the French manufacturer, it has the refinement of a saloon on the road.

The car comes after Vauxhall announced it would launch the Corsa-based Mokka compact SUV later in the UK for UK buyers.

Ford is also planning a Fiesta-based SUV called the EcoSport but has not confirmed if it will be sold in the UK yet.

Another manufacturer exploring larger cars based on its car designs includes Fiat, whose new Fiat 500 city car will inspire a five-seat mini-people carrier and a larger seven-seat version.

The new, larger Fiat 500L in five-seat variation will arrive in the UK early in 2013 with a seven-seat version arriving later.