Peugeot 2008-09

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.

Peugeot 2008-23

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.