Prices announced for new Peugeot 2008 crossover
Much like many of its rivals, Peugeot is releasing a compact crossover version of one of its popular supermini models. As it is based on the Peugeot 208 supermini, many of the new 2008′s design traits echo the supermini model.
With Renault offering the new Captur crossover – derived from the new Clio supermini – Peugeot will be looking to offer a similar balance of fresh styling, well-equipped trim levels and efficient powertrains.
The new Peugeot 2008 stands slightly taller than the 208 supermini, 165mm taller in fact. It offers a muscular, boxy and yet stylish exterior design, accompanied by strong contour lines of its bonnet, common of sporty SUVs.
There are eight body colours available, six alloy wheel designs and four trim levels: Access+, Active, Allure & Feline. Entry level features of the £12,995 Access+ model include cruise control, air conditioning, six airbags and LED daytime running lights.
As well as featuring four extensive trim levels, the Peugeot 2008 also introduces new standard technology in the form of Grip Control. The Grip Control system optimises the cars traction in adverse conditions, allowing for better safety and more reassurance in the likes of mud and snow.
Like many of the crossover models on sale now, the Peugeot 2008 offers a range of engines – some of which have been specifically designed with efficiency in mind.
From launch the new 2008 will be available with six engines – although this will be expanded to eight at a later date. All engines in the 2008 range emit less than 135g/km of CO2 emissions.
The entry level engine in the range is a 1.2-litre petrol producing 82bhp. The 2008 is also available with the three-cylinder VTi 82bhp petrol – an engine also offered on the Peugeot 208 supermini.
The most economical engine in the new 2008 range is the 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel unit, which emits a low CO2 figure of just 98g/km.
Although the new Peugeot 2008 is a crossover, practicality is not jeopardized as there is 360-litres of boot space on offer. This can be extended further to 1,172-litres by folding the seats down – perfect for accompanying suitcases for baggage when travelling around the urban city environment.
The new Peugeot 2008 crossover is set to launch in the UK on July 18 2013. It will become available from Perrys Peugeot Dealershipswhich are located in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.