Great excitement at the Peugeot stand – here at Geneva Motor Show 2013 – the press conference scheduled even at the dawn of the first press day drew the attention of those who wanted to see the new Peugeot 2008, the French proposal for the compact crossover class.
Peugeot has brought at its stand in Geneva an extremely important model for the brand’s history. It is called Peugeot 2008 and, as the name suggests, is based on Peugeot 208. The French manufacturer wanted to make sure that everyone sees up-close the new 2008, so they studded the stand with many SUV copies. The most popular of these was an orange one, unfortunately restricted by a glass wall. For Peugeot, the stakes are extremely high, because 2008 has the mission to steal from the Nissan Juke’s clients, the segment’s standard.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Peugeot 2008 photo gallery
Peugeot 2008 Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
Inspired by the success of 3008, the French are testing a new segment with the small Peugeot 2008, the off-road version of the already popular 208 model. Developed to be a global model, the new proposal for the B-segment measures 4.16 meters (163.8 in) long and proposes an off-road approach to the popular sub-compact.
A declared rival for Nissan Juke and Opel Mokka, the new Peugeot 2008 comes with a new aesthetic approach dominated by protective plastic moldings, a slightly higher ground clearance and a more generous wheel arches. The aluminum lateral trims are not missing and neither the 17-inch alloy wheels, which can be replaced with special ones for rough terrain.
The front look is all Peugeot design philosophy, to which they added nine LED lights and a grid. Glazed surface is complemented by a panoramic roof, while the back is dominated by LED lights and roof anchor bars. The new Peugeot 2008 has as standard a 7-inch touch screen, head-up display, six airbags, traction control and electronic parking brake.
Peugeot 2008 will be animated by the already anticipated engine range: e-HDi diesels and the new generation of three-cylinder petrol engines. So, under the bonnet it will have the three-cylinder 1.2 VTi with 84 hp, the 1.4 VTi with 96 hp, the 1.6 VTi with 122 hp, the 1.6 THP with 158 hp and the 1.4 HDi with 71 hp and the 1.6 e-HDI with 93 hp or 113 hp. Thanks to these efficient units, Peugeot 2008 will ensure low CO2 emissions, with values from 98 g/km. Fuel economy can be as high as 61.8 MPG Imp.
Peugeot 2008 will be produced in three plants of the French manufacturer: Mulhouse in France, Wuhan in China and Porto Real in Brazil. Peugeot 2008 can be ordered at the UK dealerships starting May and it will be officially on sale later this summer.
“Creating the 2008 was a great challenge but we had a very precise idea of the vehicle that we wanted to offer customers. The style brought to life in an early phase did not require any major modifications up until production. The very first sketch was perfect”, says Eric Dejou, 2008 Design Manager.
Agnès Tesson Faget, 2008 Product Project Manager, said: “We wanted to create an exceptional on board space for our customers which takes care of all the occupants and offers them new sensations. The unique ergonomics of the instruments and controls, the careful choice of materials, the quality of assembly, the light ambience … the 2008 stimulates the senses.”
Eric Tomietto, Stop&Start Project Manager, said: “Stop&Start allows the 2008 to offer excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions while retaining a high level of driving pleasure. The six engines fitted with this system start with CO2 at only 98g/km for diesel and 99g/km for petrol.”
Peugeot 2008 Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
Peugeot 2008 via Peugeot stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013