By: Lisa Harper
Peugeot has announced details on the brand new Peugeot 2008, and it will come as no surprise to many that they are releasing an all-electric version alongside the conventional combustion models.
At launch, the new 2008 will be available with Peugeot's customary engine line-up consisting of a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol with the choice of 99, 128 or 153bhp outputs with the option of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. As well as the option of a 99bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel mated to a six-speed manual.
However, the new 2008’s real star turn is the introduction of a fully electric e-2008 model. The 50kWh battery will provide a 192-mile range with around 136bhp and 192 lb ft. of torque. It will be compatible with 100kWh rapid chargers which will boost charge by 80% within half an hour.
The e-2008 is set to be offered with two levels of regenerative braking. This gives the driver the option of greater energy recovery to help preserve range or less energy recovery for a more petrol-like driving experience.
Other than the power source, a few subtle badges and slightly re-worked grille there will be very little to mark the e-2008 out from the combustion models. This highlights Peugeot’s goal of fully integrating electric power into its range.
Whichever power source you choose the new Peugeot 2008 will only be available with front-wheel-drive. However, there is an optional Grip Control traction control system available for driving on changeable road conditions.
The new 2008 will arrive in the UK early next year. It will be 140mm longer than its predecessor and 20mm lower, with a wheelbase that is 60mm longer. This means as well as offering more space for rear passengers, boot space will be boosted by 10-litres to offer a practical 434-litres across all models.
The increased size and lowered height also give the new Peugeot 2008 more robust SUV styling. While the distinctive light clusters which mimic a lion’s teeth and claws make it instantly recognisable as a Peugeot.
Inside, the new Peugeot 2008 will feature Peugeot's distinctive i-Cockpit with signature small steering wheel, widescreen infotainment display and neat dash layout. While high-quality soft-touch materials and a carbon-fibre-like finish will give it an upmarket ambience.
The digital instrument cluster will benefit from innovative three-dimensional effects. While speed and safety information will be projected like a hologram on top of the regular cluster; Peugeot claim this will help to speed up driver reactions, which will improve safety.
While full specifications have yet to be released, we do know that the Peugeot 2008 will be available in the familiar Active, Allure, GT Line and GT specifications.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity will come as standard, while wireless charging will be available for compatible phones.
It is thought top-end GT Line and GT models will offer Alcantara and leather interior trim and customisable ambient lighting for a more luxurious interior finish.
When it comes to safety technology much has been fed down from the 5008, so you can expect a host of driver assistance including adaptive cruise control with lane assist, park assist, autonomous emergency braking, road sign recognition and automatic main beam to be available across the trim range.
To be the first to hear more about the Peugeot 2008, including when it arrives in our showroom, simply get in touch with your local Stoneacre Peugeot dealership.
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