Part of the award-winning lineup of SUVs from Peugeot, the small but capable 2008 has been a valuable addition to the marque’s lineup, providing cost effective and practical motoring to family drivers. Eagle-eyed industry experts, however, have recently spotted a new and improved version taking to the roads in advanced testing… albeit under heavy disguise.
The camouflaged new 2008 is expected to be officially unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will be constructed on the new Compact Modular Platform developed by PSA and the company’s Chinese partner, DongFeng. The result will be a 2008 that is longer but lighter than the previous edition, with the hope that some 40kg will be shed from its overall weight.
While the exterior aesthetic is not a wholesale change from before, it is expected to share many design features seen in the 3008, 5008, and the 208 hatchback. Inside is where the real change may be experienced, with the improvements in material quality leading to increased levels of comfort. Not only that, a redesigned dashboard incorporating Peugeot’s i-Cockpit instrument panel will add contemporary flair to the model.
In terms of engine performance, the lineup is likely to revolve around the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol edition, as well as the 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel. Various power outputs and transmission options will also be available, while rumours persist of a potential mild-hybrid option based on a 48-volt electric motor in 2022.
A simple peek at the development model spotted in testing is enough to whet the appetite of everyone here at Booths of Ditton, and we can’t wait to welcome the model to our showroom. For now, however, the current Peugeot 2008 SUV will continue to provide exceptional quality motoring for a great price. Take a look at those editions available both new and used from our dealership.