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Peugeot reveal the new 2008 SUV
posted on Jan 07 2013 by Sam Jones
Official images and details have been released for the Peugeot 2008. The 2008 will compete with the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and the forthcoming Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka and Ford Ecosport in the small SUV market.
Based on the Peugeot 208, the 2008 will receive its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March before going on sale in the UK later this year. The 2008 is about 19cm longer than the 208, also 25mm longer than the Juke, and has a higher driving position from its raised ride height. Its extra height is exaggerated further thanks to the chrome roof rails, just one of a number of chrome finishes evident in the released images.
The 2008's appearance is heavily influenced by the latest Peugeot styling with a chrome front grille and headlights borrowed from the 208. However, no images have yet been released of the 2008s interior but its expected to be quite similar to that found in the 208. This includes the superminis controversial small, low-set steering wheel and good quality plastics.
Peugeot will also lend most of the engines in the 2008 line-up from the 208, including the French firms latest three-cylinder units and e-HDi diesels. An updated turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol will feature along with 1.4 and 1.6 e-HDI diesel motors. Peugeot also stated the 2008 will produce from 99g/km of CO2 in its cleanest versions. However, the 2008 will only be available in front-wheel-drive only with no four-wheel version being planned.
It is expected that the Peugeot 2008 will cost about £2500 more than the 208, with prices starting near £13,000.