Peugeot 2008: Four years on arrives best yet

  • Four models – petrol and diesel – three specs
  • Auto or manual – but still no all-wheel drive
  • ‘Grip control’ for ‘mild all-terrain’ ride
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress

JOHANNSBURG, Gauteng – Peugeot launched its 2008 compact crossover back in 2013 to meet, the automaker says, “a growing demand for smaller, more versatile and agile, vehicles with broader abilities”.

A smart, comfortable, flexible interior, the French thought, was also required.

2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress

So now it’s 2017 and here’s the revised Peugeot SUV with global sales exceeding 760 000 under its beltline, a mid-life update intent on putting stronger emphasis on the cars’ all-terrain DNA.

It will be launched in South Africa on Friday March 17.

“The refreshed 2008,” its maker believes, “is a real head-turner with a series of aesthetic embellishments to make drivers sit up and take notice.”

GT LINE TRIM MOVES IN

It does, however, still have its stepped roof, pronounced haunches and raked windscreen; added are “significant changes to the front styling and exterior detailing and its i-Cockpit now has a 19cm colour touchscreen with the latest connectivity and ergonomics”.

As part of the latest Peugeot’s introduction comes a sporty GT Line trim level to augment the Active and Allure packages. It’s the new flagship for the four-model range with its range two engine choices, two transmission choices, and three trim levels.

2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress

The Active model, Peugeot says, is the 2008 entry model and has a 1.6 HDI turbodiesel engine, and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Two Allure models hold the range’s middle ground. The first links the Active’s turbodiesel engine and manual gearbox to the more comprehensive standard equipment list and elegant execution associated with the Allure package.

..AND THE FLAGSHIP MODEL

The second Allure introduces a PureTech 1.2 turbopetrol engine with a new six-speed auto. The Allure package is identical on both versions..

The flagship brings the GT Line trim level to the SUV for the first time with a crimson-themed execution – inside and out – and an even more extensive list of key features, to Peugeot’s advanced PureTech turbo petrol engine and six-speed auto.

The technical specification is identical to that of the Allure 1.2 PureTech auto.

2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress

Francis Harnie, MD of Peugeot SA, told The Corner in a media release that the arrival of this “thoroughly revised” Peugeot 2008 was an important step forward for the model in an increasingly competitive segment.

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He believes the 2008 car’s “already well-established” global success will be further improved with its “more purposeful styling package, enhanced interiors and a choice of fuel-efficient, responsive drivetrains”.

2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress

The 2017 cars’ arrival also served as “unambiguous proof” of the PSA Group’s commitment to South Africa.

“The new 2008 SUV is the first of three significant new model releases planned for 2017,” he added, “each to strengthen Peugeot’s presence in South Africa.

“While we are focusing on the Peugeot brand in the Southern African market as far as new products are concerned, our commitment to looking after all our existing customers across the PSA model spectrum as far as aftersales and servicing are concerned, remains undiminished.”

2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
2017 Peugeot 2008. Image: Peugeot / Motorpress
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