The forthcoming Peugeot 2008, the next generation of the manufacturer’s compact SUV, has been spotted out and about recently. Expected to be revealed at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the model was seen in a heavily-disguised form undergoing winter testing.
The new SUV is anticipated to sport some of the key design elements of its popular siblings – the new 3008 and 5008 – including a long bumper, smart vertical LED daytime running lights and a large grille. At the rear, the 2008 will boast the marque’s recognisable three-claw tail light design. Inside, the model will likely feature the brand’s signature i-Cockpit with its 12.3-inch instrument display, crafted to give drivers access to clear information and minimise distraction from the road ahead.
Under the bonnet is expected to be a choice between Peugeot’s award-winning 1.2-litre PureTech petrol unit and the latest generation 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel. Drivers will also be able to pick between six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission. Photographs taken by AutoExpress suggest that the SUV will only be available as a front-wheel drive model, as the test version sported no rear differential.
PSA, Peugeot’s parent company, has announced that it’s working on a hybrid powertrain which will be introduced from 2022. This has raised speculation that eventually the new 2008 will be available as a petrol/electric hybrid.