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Peugeot has revealed the new 5008 ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, and there’s no mistake here – the 2017 Peugeot 5008 is now an SUV, and is no longer an MPV. All has changed but the name and the old people carrier’s seven-seat capacity.

The new 5008 is a C-segment SUV with a length of 4.64m and a wheelbase measuring 2.84m. That’s the same overall length as the current Nissan X-Trail, but the Peugeot’s wheelbase is a massive 135 mm longer, leading the French brand to call the 5008 “the most liveable of C-segment SUVs”. Compared to the second-generation 3008 that was revealed earlier this year, this big brother is 19 cm longer.

It’s pretty clever inside too. The second row gets three individual seats that can fold, slide and recline (five different angles vs two in the MPV), all with Isofix points. The third row is made of two individual flat folding seats that are removable, and max boot capacity is 1,060 litres. The front passenger seat can also fold forward to accommodate long cargo of up to 3.2 metres, and there’s a hands-free motorised tailgate. The MPV DNA is strong.

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The new 5008 comes with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, a layout that was first seen in the 208. Key points are a compact steering wheel, an eight-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch high-res digital head-up display, which is basically the meter panel.

Peugeot claims “excellent sound insulation” and “body-hugging front seats” with an optional multipoint massage system. A Focal Premium Hi-Fi system, Qi wireless charger plate, TomTom navigation and a panoramic glass roof are also available.

Available safety features include Advanced Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent Control, Automatic Emergency Braking System, Distance Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assistance, driver attention warning, Smart Beam Assistance, speed sign recognition and speed suggestion, adaptive cruise control with stop feature (automatic gearbox), active blind spot monitoring, Park Assist and Visio Park (360-degree vision).

Like the 308 and 3008, the new 5008 sits on PSA’s Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) and is 95 kg lighter than the MPV. The car is powered by Euro 6 petrol (1.2L PureTech 130 and 1.6L PureTech 165) and diesel engines (1.6L BlueHDi 100, 1.6L BlueHDi 120, 2.0L BlueHDi 150). A sporty range-topping GT model gets the 2.0L BlueHDi 180 motor.

Lastly, the 5008 comes with two friends that can integrate nicely into its boot. The e-Kick is an electrically-assisted folding scooter, while the e-Bike eF01 is a new electrically-assisted portable bicycle. We’ll probably have to wait for the Paris show to see the two bikes, though.