NEW PEUGEOT SUV IN SA: The 2008 is the latest SUV to land in South Africa from French automaker Peugeot. Image: Motorpress
• New six-speed automatic
• Four models, three spec levels
• Auto or manual gearboxes, FWD only
• Stronger focus on SUV character
Johannesburg - Peugeot has unveiled a mid-life update for its 2008 SUV that places a stronger emphasis on the 2008 SUV’s all-terrain DNA.
The new 2008 SUV model range will be launched locally on March 17.
The automaker says the interior has been upgraded to match the design and execution standards set by the award-winning 308 hatchback. The new i-Cockpit now includes a generous 18m colour touch-screen display, with latest-generation connectivity and ergonomics.
The 2017 Peugeot 2008 SUV range consists of four models, spanning two engine choices, two transmission choices and three trim levels. The highly-specced Active model provides the entry point to the refreshed 2008 SUV range, and is offered in conjunction with a 1.6-litre HDI turbo-diesel engine, coupled to a five-speed manual.
The two Allure models occupy the 2008 SUV range’s middle ground. The first links the Active’s turbo diesel engine and manual gearbox to the more comprehensive standard equipment list and elegant execution associated with the Allure package.
The second Allure model introduces the second drivetrain offered in the 2008 SUV line-up; the PureTech 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, coupled with a new six-speed auto. The high-specification Allure package is identical for both models.
Assuming the flagship role, and introducing the GT Line trim level to the 2008 SUV for the first time, the 2008 GT Line boasts a sporty, crimson-themed execution inside and out, and an even more extensive list of features, to Peugeot’s advanced PureTech turbo petrol engine and six-speed auto. The technical specification is identical to that of the Allure 1.2 PureTech Auto version.
The redesigned aesthetics of the new Peugeot 2008 SUV provide the compact SUV with an assertive and adventurous character that clearly sets it apart from its more car-like predecessor.
The changes are mostly marked at the front of the vehicle. A bolder, more upright grille with an intricate, multifaceted grid design and a prominent Peugeot Lion emblem creates a resolute and contemporary impression, flanked on either side by the sleek, elongated shape of the black and chrome-masked headlights.
The raised bonnet is also new, contributing to the model’s more purposeful appearance, while the front and rear bumpers, sill protectors and wheel arch surrounds are finished in a contrasting black.
A raised ride height offers 165mm of ground clearance.
All three trim levels, the Active, Allure and GT Line. Attractive cloth upholstery is standard on the Active model, while the Allure and GT Line variants get half-leather upholstery with a contemporary, high-tech design.
Common to all is Peugeot’s latest iteration of the i-Cockpit concept, an innovative interior arrangement that combines a small, gripping steering wheel with a clearly legible instrument set and an unencumbered view of the road ahead.
The high-res display in the instrument binnacle is a white LED display in the case of the Active, a white matrix display in the case of the Allure versions, and a colour matrix display on the GT Line. Binnacle illumination colour also varies according to model: white on the Active, blue for the Allure models, and red for GT Line.
However, the centrepiece of the new 2008 SUV’s dashboard is undoubtedly the large, centrally located colour touch-screen display, which is standard across the range. The 18cm touch screen is located directly above the centre stack, and offers intuitive access to the Peugeot’s infotainment system.
The infotainment system includes integrated support for Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, which allow selected smartphone features to be displayed on the touchscreen display.
Satnav is standard on GT Line models.
Standard equipment includes remote central locking, power windows and side-mirrors, aircon (full climate control on Allure and GT Line versions), rear park assist and hill start assistance all included.
The spacious interior is augmented by a generous 410 litre luggage compartment, which can be extended to 1400 litres by folding the split rear bench seat flat. A low loading sill and wide-opening tailgate ensure convenient access to the boot, which houses a full-sized spare wheel.
Active 1.6 HDI Manual - R274 900
Allure 1.6 HDi Manual - R299 900
Allure 1.2 PureTech Automatic - R324 900
GT Line 1.2 PureTech Automatic - R349 900