This is the Peugeot 2008, the French brand’s new compact crossover based on the 208 supermini. Think of it as a rival to high-riding compact cars such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, which like the Peugeot, will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The 2008 is a global car, and will be built in France, China and Brazil.
At just 4.16m long and 1.74m wide, with a wheelbase of 2.54m, the 2008 is about the size of a Juke, but a touch longer and narrower.
The boot features a large rectangular opening and a low loading sill, just 60 cm high. The 1/3-2/3 modular bench seat allows one to up boot volume from 360 to 1194 litres, of which 22 litres are below the floor, with a single button press. The floor has five rails which run from the sill to the front seats, and six chromed hooks allow things to be secured safely.
The 2008 is powered by new three-cylinder petrol engines. There’s a 1.2 litre e-THP 110 and 1.2 litre e-THP 130 with 205 and 230 Nm of torque respectively. Peugeot says that the 1.2 e-THP engine is 12 kg lighter than a four-cylinder NA equivalent engine, even though it has a turbo, a larger cooling system and 45% more torque. Fuel consumption improvement is between 15% and 20%.
The 2008 comes with Grip Control, which combines with 16 cm ground clearance, the traction control system and “Mud & Snow” tyres for some ability off the beaten path. Grip Control adapts to the terrain by acting on the front wheels. Drivers can also select Snow, Off-Road, Sand, ESP Off modes.
In the gallery below, you’ll find that the roof has some form of unique cabin lighting. That’s the Peugeot LED Track, which emits a dimmed blue light or a soft white light in a laser engraving design. The dial surrounds have a blue LED backlight in high-spec models, replacing chrome borders.
A nice gallery of pics, shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa, is after the jump.