As the local dealers in Peugeot, Perth City Peugeot likes to keep their customers informed about the latest developments. The next generation Peugeot 2008 has been spotted out on the open road for the very first time. Despite the usual silhouette masking camouflage livery it was possible to note some of the new styling details. Let’s take a closer look at what we know about this upcoming crossover and make some educated guesses about what the new 2008 production car may have to offer.
The 2nd Generation Peugeot 2008 Crossover
This new version of the 2008 is the 2nd generation of this already popular crossover. The car was out on the roads of northern Europe undergoing extensive winter testing. As we have come to expect it was outfitted in camouflage livery to disguise the new profile. In fact, on closer inspection, it’s even possible to see a series of small false body panels that are intended to alter the real car outline. So, it’s harder (as intended) to get a really good look at the styling elements used on the final car ahead of its release.
Taking a Closer Look at the 2008 Exterior
Despite Peugeots best efforts, there are a few noticeable details that are worth mentioning. Firstly, we can see the this latest 2008 crossover will have the latest studded grille design that we have seen on recent releases. The LED tail-light columns have a thin slanted profile, and they look very similar to those seen on the latest 508 release. The front fascia has a set of vertical LED driving lights situated in close proximity to the fog lights. The halogen headlights are not the slimmer units that we’ve seen on the latest 3008 and 508 production cars.
Making Some Educated Guesses
On the windscreen, there are yellow stickers that seem to indicate that this Peugeot 2008 crossover prototype has some sort of electrified powertrain. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise; the French car maker has made a series of bold statements on having an electrified variant of every car in their stable by the end of 2020. However, there is still a fuel filler cap fitted, so it’s likely that this particular car is a hybrid variant.
The more traditional power may be supplied by a choice of three or four cylinder diesel or petrol engines. It’s expected that this new 2008 crossover will be underpinned by the new compact modular platform (CMP) architecture that was developed with Dongfeng. It will be also be interesting to see how Peugeot will implement the i-Cockpit dashboard at the more budget orientated end of their fleet. In line with Peugeot’s dedication to electrifying their cars, a report has stated that a fully electrically powered 2008 should be available some time in 2020.