Peugeot’s crossover for the world over

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Peugeot is turning up the heat this summer with its 2008, capitalising on its expertise, acquired with the success of the award-winning 3008 Crossover, to create an innovative vehicle for the B segment.

Set to go on sale in the UK in the late summer, 2008 builds on the product offensive successfully initiated by the 208, with 20,000 orders in the UK in its first six months on sale.

The new crossover by Peugeot is the first vehicle produced by the marque that was designed and developed simultaneously by several international markets.

At just 4.16m long, the 2008 innovates by combining the driving characteristics of a hatchback with the strengths of an SUV, giving space, modularity and comfort. Equally at ease in town as on the open road, it can escape from the city with confidence, due to features such as grip control.

Stimulating and versatile, the 2008 suits a diverse spectrum of customers.

The new Peugeot has a unique style, combining elegance and strength, the 2008 reinvents the standards of large-volume vehicles in the compact car segment.

Innovative from a first glance, it successfully merges the two worlds.

The strong stylistic trend affirms its identity for practicality, volume and the driving experience available. With its higher driving position, the 2008, when fitted with ‘Mud & Snow’ tyres or 17in alloy wheels available with a matt finish, its pronounced wheel arches give it an appealing road presence and stance. The black bumpers and body sills serve to protect it from abrasions with the addition of front and rear body protection and side mouldings in stainless steel. The front face adopts the latest Peugeot style codes, with panel fit and features working together seamlessly and precisely. Finely sculpted, the bonnet lines infer lightness, strength and protection for the 2008, while the ‘floating grille’ face has a solidity of form with vertical elements to harness aerodynamic performance and efficiency. The innovative headlamps are designed precisely to reflect the technical functions. Sharp and precise, they act with the bodywork to give the outline appearance of a cat’s pupil. Sculpted, they are at one with the front face, giving it an even more expressive, technological and individual character.

This look is emphasised by LED day-time running lights. This new urban crossover has elegant and sophisticated sculpted wings and sides, indicating clear athletic qualities. The generous glazed surfaces, including the panoramic roof available on some models, promise a spacious interior open to its surroundings. The rear also combines strength with dynamism. The boot volume, with a low-loading sill, has above it a roof line with dynamic curves, inspired by the double-bubble roofline of the desirable RCZ Sports Coupé. The rear lights appear to be floating inside their housing and the three luminous claws are lit at their base by LEDs that appear suspended. The roofline optimises aerodynamic performance with an integrated spoiler, extended over the top of the tailgate.

The latest-generation engines draw the very essence of the lightness and profiled silhouete to offer an exceptional driving experience combined with a true breakthrough in terms of fuel economy.

Due to the technology of the eHDi Diesel and new three-cylinder petrol engines, the 2008 urban crossover stands outfrom the competition with CO2 starting from just 99g/km.