2019 Peugeot 2008 revealed – based on new 208 with lots of tech, electric e-2008 variant with 310 km range

2019 Peugeot 2008 revealed – based on new 208 with lots of tech, electric e-2008 variant with 310 km range

Remember the Peugeot 2008? It was one of the first of the current crop of B-segment SUVs, introduced back in 2013. Six years is a lifetime in the automotive world, so Peugeot has wheeled out a new generation of the rugged urban runabout, based on the latest 208 hatch and set to go on sale at the end of the year.

Riding on the PSA Group’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), the new 2008 has shades of the handsome 3008 in its look, as well as the edgy design language introduced on the new 208 and 508. The high-mounted headlights feature Peugeot’s signature “triple-claw” LED daytime running lights (on high-end variants) that continue into the bumper, while an upright six-point grille sits under a front-mounted “2008” badge.

In profile, the windscreen has been pushed back to allow for a longer, flatter bonnet, giving the car a more traditional SUV look, the company claims. Incisive fender lines and an upswept window line emphasise the muscular flanks and the strong stance that comes with wheels measuring up to 18 inches in diameter. The largest rollers add four kilograms in total, which Peugeot says is somehow a good thing.

The “triple claw” graphic is repeated in the LED tail lights that are joined together by a black strip, and the more powerful models also get twin tailpipes. Specify the GT or GT Line and you’ll also get a contrasting black roof, linear graphics on the C-pillar and black headlining on the inside.

2019 Peugeot 2008 revealed – based on new 208 with lots of tech, electric e-2008 variant with 310 km range

Speaking of inside, the dashboard continues to be lifted wholesale from the 208, and this latest version is very sci-fi. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit concept, which places the instrument cluster above the small steering wheel, continues to be found here, but there’s now a cool holographic instrument display offered as an option.

The freestanding infotainment touchscreen also now measures up to 10 inches across, with features that include a new voice control system, TomTom navigation with real-time traffic information and an optional 10-speaker, 515-watt Focal sound system. Phones can be plugged into the twin USB ports at the front and rear (including one USB-C), and there’s also MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Elsewhere, the dashboard makes greater use of soft-touch plastics, and high-end upholstery options such as Alcantara and Nappa leather are also available. You’ll also find plenty of fake carbon fibre on the dash and door cards, an electronic gearlever for automatic models and a nifty lid for the wireless smartphone charging pad, which you can use to prop your phone upright.

Peugeot claims the 2008 offers the most rear legroom of any car built on the CMP platform, thanks to a length that has grown to 4.3 metres and a wheelbase of 2.6 metres. The increased length has also freed up 74 litres of boot space for a total of 434 litres; a two-position boot floor is also fitted to selected models.

2019 Peugeot 2008 revealed – based on new 208 with lots of tech, electric e-2008 variant with 310 km range

Under the bonnet, you’ll find either a 1.2 litre PureTech turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.6 litre BlueHDi four-pot turbodiesel, both of which are Euro 6d-compliant (Euro 6d-TEMP for diesel) and come in various outputs with automatic engine start/stop.

The petrol mill is offered in 101 hp/205 Nm and 129 hp/230 Nm versions paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or, in the case of the 129 hp variant, an optional eight-speed auto. The warm GT model gets 155 hp and 240 Nm and is paired exclusively to the automatic gearbox. On the oil-burning side, manual 99 hp/250 Nm and automatic 130 hp variants are available.

The new 2008 also gets a pure electric variant for the first time, the e-2008. This one is powered by an electric motor that pushes out 100 kW (134 hp) and 260 Nm of torque, juiced by a 50 kWh battery that provides a range of up to 310 km on the more stringent WLTP cycle. The drivetrain also comes with a Brake mode that increases kinetic energy recovery, slowing the car down as soon as you lift off the throttle.

Peugeot quotes a charge time of 16 hours on a domestic 230-volt socket, or eight hours through a 7.4 kW single-phase wallbox (five hours and 15 minutes for a 11 kW three-phase version). A 110 kW fast charging station will allow you to recover 80% of charge in just 30 minutes. Setting the e-2008 apart from other models is a body-coloured grille with a dichroic lion badge, specific “e” badging and Greval Grey Alcantara trim.

To increase efficiency, all 2008 models come with active grille shutters, aero-optimised wheels and a streamlined underbody. Grip Control, which works with hill descent control to maximise grip on slippery slopes, continues to be available as an optional extra.

Safety-wise, Peugeot has added an arsenal of driver assistance systems, including Drive Assist plus semi-autonomous driving that incorporates lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Also available are autonomous emergency braking with day and night pedestrian and cyclist detection (active at speeds of up to 140 km/h), lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, Park Assist and a driver warning alert that reminds drivers to take a break if necessary.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Fordist on Jun 21, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Ford called. They want their Mustang triple claw DRL & brake lights back.

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    • suomynona on Jun 21, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      It was never theirs. Search Peugeot 504 Cabriolet & look at its rear

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      • Fordist on Jun 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        Are you sure about your reference? It looks nothing like the rear triple brake lights of the Mustang and this 2008. Don’t just pick some random cars.

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      • Zaman Khan on Jun 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm

        Peugeot is a good brand but in Malaysia it is run by Naza where they have GLC lepak and tidur mentality.

        I rather go for other brands

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  • meladams on Jun 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Proton 2008 GT, 1.2 PureTech turbo 155 hp.

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    • suomynona on Jun 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      In an alternate universe, yes

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    • JOACHIM on Jun 21, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      And suffer an RM11,000 repair bill for the turbo replacement? Why on earth would Proton want to pursue that?

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      • sick&tired on Jun 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm

        what a load of crap! the turbo in the 1.6 prince engine is quite reliable. Besides, there are a lot of people selling refurbished units for 1.6k. New is around 4k-5k. I dunno where you are getting the 11k figure from (probably from your a$$)

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    • More tech more unreliable

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      • Less tech, people complain outdated, not worth the money, not innovative, brand XYZ better equiped. More tech, people complain more unreliable. Blah blah blah until no end.

        People like Ryan can never be satisfied.

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  • Haidi on Jun 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Something I respect Peugeot here is, subcompact SUV done with proper ground clearance.

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  • suomynona on Jun 21, 2019 at 6:31 pm


    You guys have a lot more photo content than other websites, so I enjoy that ^w^

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  • friggin awesome inside and out…..

    now, how about sales , service , spare parts and reliability…… any improvements?

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:24 am

    again, lovely car…but in malaysia…

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  • Always like the design of peugeot but after seeing basic maintenance and part replacement, even C segment SUV out there is cheaper to maintain than its 208 puretech. Not every

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  • When can be launch in Malaysia?

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    • PeeJoe on Nov 17, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Question is which dealer is selling ? Naza is already planning to pull out. Low sales, bad service.

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  • Lan BZ on Dec 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Who will be selling this beautiful car? And how much?

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