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The Peugeot 2008 crossover has been sighted at JPJ, and Anol Alias has served up these shots of a car with the covers half-removed in the car park. This one’s wearing 16-inch six-spoke alloys (17-inch five-spoke alloys are also available globally), has fabric/leather mix seats and is likely to be petrol-powered, since there’s no HDi badging below the 2008 tailgate badge.

Although the new 1.2 litre e-THP three-cylinder engine (in 110 hp/205 Nm and 130 hp/230 Nm states of tune, with the ‘e’ denoting start/stop) will find its way under the bonnet of the Peugeot 2008 in the future, the engine will do duty in the new Peugeot 308 first – so that rules it out here.

Other petrol engines on the current global menu are a 82 hp/118 Nm 1.2 litre VTi three-cylinder and a 120 hp/160 Nm 1.6 litre VTi four-cylinder, but the former currently only comes with a five-speed manual. The JPJ car here is an automatic, so our guess is it’s powered by the bigger VTi – the same engine in our 208.

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The Peugeot 2008 made its debut in February at the Geneva show. At 4,160 mm long, 1,740 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,540 mm, the 1,045-kg crossover is 96 mm taller and 200 mm longer than the 208 supermini on which it’s based, with a 25-mm higher ground clearance. The interior is largely similar to the 208’s, but the 2008 gets an interesting-looking aircraft-style handbrake.

It was reported in June that Peugeot would double its production in Mulhouse, France to meet higher-than-expected demand, with analyst IHS Automotive expecting the 2008 to overtake the Nissan Juke as leader of the subcompact SUV segment. The report said 200,000 Peugeot 2008s are expected to be sold worldwide in 2015.

Suffice to say, its JPJ sighting suggests we Malaysians won’t have long to wait now!