Peugeot 2008 makes international debut

Peugeot recently introduces the first images and details of its all-new 2008.

At the moment it’s not clear when this compact crossover will launch in South Africa, but we certainly hope it finds its way here sooner rather than later.

The design was obviously inspired by the larger 3008, which we tested last year. In terms of interior and exterior design the 3008 is a superb vehicle and we can only hope some of those elements syphon down to the 2008.

Globally the 2008 will be available with a selection of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains. The 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine is a peach, as is the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. The unknown entity is the electric motor, which has an output of 100kW. Peugeot claims its 50kWh battery pack can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes. The claimed range is just over 300km.

Thanks to smart packaging, the electric 2008 boasts the same interior and boot space as the petrol and diesel models.

The 2008 will features a host of advanced safety systems, including lane positioning assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Luxury items include the obligatory touch-screen interface, a 10-speaker sound system and Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit. And in case you were wondering the answer is yes. Peugeot trademark tiny steering wheel remains a part of the package.