Peugeot 2008 Crossover shows off ski skills

During the recent launch event for the UK media, the driving route supplied by the company took journalists out of the summer sun and into the cooler climate of the popular Snowdome in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Once inside the Snowdome, guests discovered versions of Peugeot’s stylish new compact crossover parked at the base of the 170-metre ski slope.

When journalists took the wheel of a 2008 model without Peugeot’s ‘Grip Control’, they found it difficult to ascend the slope, struggling to get more than a few metres on the hard-packed snow.

Swapping to a model equipped with ‘Grip Control’ technology, which is standard on both the ‘Allure’ and ‘Feline’ trim levels with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, the contrast in performance was incredible.

Thanks to the enhanced traction control and all-season tyres, a feature of every 2008 Crossover with ‘Grip Control’, drivers were able to power Peugeot’s new compact crossover straight to the top of the slope, with the average gradient of 27 degrees, coupled with a 90 degree corner, posing no problems.

In addition, drivers were encouraged by Peugeot to perform an emergency stop on the descent and, thanks to the car’s advanced traction system, they were able to bring the 2008 Crossover quickly to a halt with the minimum of fuss and effort.

The launch of the Peugeot 2008 Crossover was the largest media driving event to ever be staged at the Tamworth Snowdome – the UK’s first indoor show slope when it opened in 1994.

The Peugeot 2008 Crossover’s ‘Grip Control’ function has been designed by the manufacturer for customers with active lifestyles who drive on a wide range of surfaces and occasionally need extra traction. ‘Grip Control’ technology is patented from the PSA Group – Peugeot’s parent company.

Acting through components which are already fitted to the vehicle, the ‘Grip Control’ technology work’s on the car’s front wheels to boost driver confidence and safety.

Standard mode is designed for normal road conditions and where there is a low level of skidding. Other modes include ‘Snow’, ‘Off-Road’, ‘Sand’ or ‘ESP Off’. The result of the other modes is a level of performance that is usually associated with 4×4 off-roaders.

The Peugeot 2008 Crossover range is priced from £12,995 and will be available in UK dealerships from the 18th July 2013. Prices for models with ‘Grip Control’ technology will start from £16,195.

Further information about test driving or purchasing the new Peugeot 2008 Crossover can be provided at Perrys Peugeot Dealerships in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.