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FRENCH CROSSOVER READY FOR BATTLE: The 2008 design emulates the 208 hatch that it's based on. Will the french automaker's latest SUV be capable of taking on Korean rivals Hyundai and Kia?.

LONDON, England - Peugeot is set earn its share of the SUV market with a new crossover set to take on Hyundai's ix35 and Kia's Sportage - the 2008.

The new crossover is the first vehicle from the French automaker to be designed and developed simultaneously for several international markets. The hope is that its new 2008 will attract a new customers.

The new model builds on the product offensive initiated by the 208, which it is based on, though it has increased ride height and protective mouldings.

HEADED FOR GENEVA

The 2008 is set to be powered by the automaker's e-HDi Diesel and a new three-cylinder petrol allows. The diesel powerplant has CO2 emissions starting from 99g/km.

At 4.16m long, the 2008 will combine characteristics of a hatchback with those of an SUV sporting a raised driving position, large heel arches and stowage capacity.

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The 2008 will be built at the automaker's plants in France (Mulhouse), China (Wuhan) and Brazil (Porto Real).

Maxime Picat, Director General of Peugeot: "In the 2008, Peugeot has the vehicle that will secure its leadership in the segment in Europe and which will win new customers in Asia and Latin America."

The new 2008 will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.





 

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