The urban vehicle shares the same platform as the Peugeot 208 supermini, but it features a longer, bulkier body along with more space for luggage and rear passengers. The 2008’s main rivals will include similar-sized mini-SUVs like the Vauxhall Mokka and the high-selling Nissan Juke.
While the Peugeot 2008 takes the same wheelbase and many of the styling cues from its 208 supermini counterpart, the crossover is a much more rugged vehicle in appearance.
Highlights of the 2008’s design includes the stepped roofline at the top, which also adds roof lines and a glass sunroof as standard, plus the large black painted bumpers and sills for extra underbody protection.
All engine options for the Peugeot 2008 will operate on a front-wheel drive powertrain, supported by an “intelligent” traction control system which can vary the amount of engine torque fed to the front wheels. This feature along with Peugeot’s standard “Mud&Snow” tyres should give the 2008 some credible performance on off-road terrain.
Engine units for the 2008 have yet to be confirmed, but reports suggest the range will include a 1.2-litre petrol unit with 82bhp or 110bhp when turbocharged. There’s also expected to be a 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel available with 92bhp and a CO2 emissions output of just 99g/km.
The Peugeot 2008 will reportedly go on sale in the UK market during September 2013, with prices likely to start in a region of £13,000.
When it launches British motorists will be able to get their hands on a 2008 from Perrys Peugeot Dealerships. These can be found based in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.