Peugeot 2008 Gets A Makeover

By Kevin | 18th March 2016 | Category: Blog | Leave a comment

New Peugeot 2008 SUV on the road

Back in 2013 when the Peugeot 2008 entered the market, who would have thought that, with 40,000 sales in the UK and over half a million worldwide, the new compact crossover would be such a hit with customers.

Now the Peugeot 2008 has had a makeover and update with an even more assertive, powerful and appealing SUV design. With new design additions such as wheel arch extensions, vertical front grille and scuff plates, additional paint option; new trim level; and new technology like PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® and Grip Control amongst others, the new Peugeot 2008 has become a more assertive proposition with unparalleled dynamic performance offering a unique and addictive driving experience.

The initial attraction of the new Peugeot 2008

It all starts right at the front where the Peugeot Lion sits proudly in the centre of the new robust, multi-faceted and  vertical front grille to give a dynamic and attractive appearance, an appearance that continues over the bonnet and onto the roof with roof bars and spoiler completing the striking profile.

New Peugeot 2008 SUV driving on the roadAt the back we find a new low loading sill of just 60cm high to help with an tailgate loading, with the rear bumper helping as part of the solid black protective trim that encircles the new 2008, connecting and uniting the front and rear bumpers, and working in conjunction with scuff plates and wheel arch extensions.

Helping to attract many wolf-whistles and admiring glances and stares is the new Peugeot 2008's elegant lighting signature. Keeping with the Peugeot Lion branding, the headlamps at the front are integrated into the bodywork, and boast what Peugeot have called a 'feline look’ by using intensely high-tech chrome and black mask to emphasise them; while at the back, the LED rear lamps feature new, warm-coloured lion claws with a profound 3D effect.

These attractive rear lights surround the tailgate, which itself reveals a spacious and functional boot that can be transformed from an initial 410 litre space to a 1,400 litre one in an instant by making use of the 1/3 – 2/3 modular seat backs. These are operated simply by pressing the button at the top of the backrest to tilt the seat backwards, allowing the seats to collapse automatically. There is even an additional 22 litre storage space under the boot lid along with hooks for attaching items and two storage areas on each side, one with a retaining strap and the other with a storage net. 

New Peugeot 2008 SUV rearAnd with the addition of not only two new Emerald colour palettes but also the new Ultimate Red option that was first seen on Peugeot Sport's 308 GTi, the new 2008 range offers customers a choice of nine colours, including five metallic one pearlescent and one varnish paint finish.

Already available in 3 trim levels - Access, Active and Allure - the new 2008 now has the added option of the GT Line that has proved so popular with Peugeot 208, 308 and 508 customers. So now you can look sporty and chic as well as cool, as the 2008 GT Line is complemented by new alloy wheels with an exclusive 17’’ gloss black/anthracite treatment; gloss black elements replacing the standard chrome effect (including the front grille surround, fog light covers, mirror casings and roof bars); Black Chrome facets on the front grille with red PEUGEOT lettering; rear stainless steel scuff plates that mirror the exhaust tailpipe; and a ‘GT Line’ badging prominently displayed on each front wing and on the tailgate.

The driving comfort of the new Peugeot 2008 

The new Peugeot 2008 manages to mix the robustness of a compact SUV with the high-quality trim and refined adjustments that you would find in a premium quality saloon model. Add in high-tech and chic interior lighting, and a range of other luxuries available depending on trim level selected, (For example; all models from Active level up feature a leather trimmed steering wheel, to match the gear stick surround, handbrake lever and door armrests) and you can be sure that a drive in the new Peugeot 2008 will be a comfortable one - whatever the conditions outside.

New Peugeot 2008 SUV interiorNow featuring Peugeot's unique PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® as standard (more about that later), drivers can sit comfortably and enjoy the instant appeal of the new 2008, and appreciate the trim-dependent panoramic glass sunroof with ambient light guides and electric blind or a laser-cut and backlit headlining.

Passengers in the new Peugeot 2008 aren't forgotten either, with numerous well-designed storage areas, easily reached and easily located thanks to the front and rear dome interior lighting, and comprising of front door storage boxes, glove box, box and cup holder beside the gear stick, covered console storage, and seatback pockets in the back of the front seats, adding an extra 24 litres to the storage volume. So no problems keeping safe drinks, papers, books, tablets and smartphones.

It's not just comfort that adds to the appeal of the new Peugeot 2008; the interior has had a makeover too to continue the dynamic spirit initiated by the exterior design. And it starts as soon as you open the doors and see the stainless steel sills bearing the PEUGEOT logo, the aluminium pedals and the red-stitch edged floor mats. The red stitching continues through the seats and rear bench seat, door armrests, gear level surround, leather handbrake lever and compact leather steering wheel. Seat belts feature the same red line detail prominent in the front door grips and, continuing the red theme, the head-up display on the dashboard is lit by an array of red LEDs, reminiscent of the RedLine look of the touch screen.

The technological sensations of the new Peugeot 2008

Part of the "best possible motoring experience" that Peugeot have tried to ensure are the technological advances that are installed within the new Peugeot 2008.

And one of these is the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®.

Already fitted to the Peugeot 308 and 208, this innovative driver's seat concept now makes its debut as standard in the new 2008. It comprises of four elements - a compact steering wheel for an intense dynamic feel, head-up dials, an impressive high central console and a big touch-screen for intuitive driving - and is considered by the French car manufacturer to be the identity signature for the Peugeot driver's seat.

New Peugeot 2008 SUV side viewWith the i-Cockpit® part of the new Peugeot 2008’s intuitiveness, agility and safety driving characteristics, the compact sports steering wheel offers precise steering and improved manoeuvrability, the 7” multifunction colour touch screen puts all the functionality at the driver's fingertips, and the heads up instrument panel allows driver information to be accessed without taking your eyes off the road.

Available on engines from 100hp, whether they are manual or automatic, with 17’’ alloy wheels, is the Grip Control feature.

Using a thumb wheel located on the central console, Grip Control is an patented adapted traction system used in low grip conditions that works hand-in-hand with the Peugeot 2008's generous 16cm ground clearance and All Season Goodyear Vector tyres to offer genuine versatility and dynamism in all weather conditions.

Working on the front wheels, Grip Control optimises traction using one of the 5 modes available to the driver, according to the terrain that the car is driving in.

  • Standard mode is used in standard road conditions with a low slippage rate.
  • Snow mode instantly adapts the slippage of each front wheel to the grip conditions encountered, reverting to Standard mode once speed reaches 31mph.
  • Mud mode is for travelling confidently on slippery ground such as mud and wet grass by transferring as much torque as possible to the wheel with the most grip, and is especially useful in starting conditions. Acting as a limited slip differential (LSD), it is particularly suitable for country roads and active up to 50mph.
  • Sand mode maintains wheel spin on both driven wheels simultaneously to allow progress on soft soil and limit the risk of getting stuck in the sand. This mode is functional up to 70mph, after which it switches to Standard mode.
  • ESP Off mode gives the driver the opportunity to disconnect ESP, up to 31mph, and manage traction autonomously in such occasions when traction is best when unimpaired like on gentle assents in icy/low grip conditions.

Grip Control is aided and abetted by the lower weight of the new Peugeot 2008 (from just 1,045kg), and the four suspension options with specifically designed springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, front axle and rear cross member, there to improve the dynamic performance of all engine specifications. 

Also available with the new Peugeot 2008 are:

  • Mirror Screen via MirrorLinkTM or Apple Carplay®, which displays certain apps from the driver's compatible smart phone on the touch screen of the car. 
  • Active City Brake - an emergency sensor-driven brake that works in urban conditions at speeds of less than 20mph that makes it possible to avoid an accident or reduce its seriousness if the driver fails to react.  
  • Park Assist to guide the car into a parking space automatically.
  • Reversing Camera 

The power behind the glory of the new Peugeot 2008

With its new aerodynamic body and lightness of the new Peugeot 2008 SUV comes a broad range of Euro 6 engines that includes four Best-in-Class winners and offer low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 

The UK range is composed of Euro 6 PureTech and BlueHDi engines, in bothmanual and automatic, offering power ratings of 82 to 130hp. The BlueHDi engines comply with the Euro 6 standard through the exclusive combination of the SCR technology and the additivated DPF, the most effective technology on the market.

The petrol range of the new 2008 includes a choice of five engines

  • 1.2L PureTech 82, 5-speed manual gearbox, 57.6 MPG, with CO2 at 114g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 82, 5-speed electronically-controlled gearbox, 64.2 MPG, with CO2 at 102g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S, 5-speed manual gearbox, 60.1 MPG, with CO2 at 103g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S, 6-speed automatic (EAT6), 58.9 MPG, CO2 at 110g/km - Best-in-Class,
  • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S, 6-speed manual, 58.9 MPG, with CO2 at 110g/km – Best-in-Class.

The Diesel range includes three engines, all of them with CO2 emissions at less than 100g/km:

  • 1.6L BlueHDi 75, 5-speed manual gearbox, 76.3 MPG, with CO2 at 97g/km - Best-in-Class,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100, 5-speed manual gearbox, 76.3 MPG, with CO2 at 97g/km,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S, 6-speed manual, 76.3 MPG, with CO2 at 96gCO2/km – Best-in-Class.

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts have some great offers available on the Peugeot 2008 Compact SUV, so give one of our Customer Service Representatives a call to discuss becoming part of the 2008 revolution in 2016.


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