Peugeot 2008 revealed

5 Mar, 2013 1:08pm Jack Rix

The all-new Skoda Yeti-rivalling Peugeot 2008 has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The production-ready Peugeot 2008 has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The all-new crossover is set to take on the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Juke when it goes on sale later this year.

The 208-based crossover has already been previewed by three separate concepts, but this is the first time we’ve seen the finished article.

It’s not drastically different to the 2008 Concept unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last September. New front and rear bumpers, smaller wheels, larger wing mirrors and the addition of door handles are the only cosmetic changes.

Design cues like the grille, scalpel-sharp headlights and scalloped bonnet are recognisable from the 208, but the 2008 has its own identity.

A stepped roofline and roof rails boost headroom and create a more rugged look, while 17-inch matt-finish wheels, bulging wheelarches and a raised ride height complete the mini-SUV styling. Black bumpers and sills help to protect the body from scrapes, while tall windows and a full-length panoramic roof should flood the interior with light.

The 208 pulled off the neat trick of being lighter and smaller than its predecessor, but with more room inside. So the 2008 should be pretty spacious, as it sits on a stretched 208 platform. It’s 200mm longer than the supermini it’s based on, at 4.16 metres, which will free up more legroom for rear passengers and allow it to better the 208’s 743 litres of luggage space.

This will also be the first Peugeot to feature a turbo version of the company’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. It’s expected to produce around 110bhp, but return over 60mpg. If efficiency is a priority, though, a 92bhp 1.6 e-HDi diesel will emit 99g/km of CO2. Other engines are likely to include a naturally aspirated 82bhp version of the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 156bhp turbocharged 1.6 THP.

There won’t be the option of four-wheel drive, but high-spec models will get Peugeot’s Grip Control system, as seen on the 3008 crossover. This adds an intelligent traction control set-up that can vary the torque sent to each front wheel. Coupled with standard ‘Mud&Snow’ tyres, it should give the 2008 moderate off-road ability.

Peugeot has global aspirations for the car, aiming it at Europe, Asia and Latin America. As a result, it will build the 2008 in three separate locations: Mulhouse in France, Wuhan in China and Porto Real in Brazil.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but the 2008 is expected to carry a premium over the equivalent 208, and won’t be available with the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine, so a starting point of around £13,000 is likely when it arrives in UK showrooms in September.

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Dare I say it but this looks rather smart! It'll be interesting to see how Skoda revamp the Yeti - a brilliant car thwarted by iffy design cues (I still can't get past those frogeye fogs).

Glad that Peugeot haven't tried to shoehorn a 4WD transmission into the 2008 - the Grip Control system is more than ample on the school run..!

Looks like a Frenched-up Vauxhall Mokka. Quite like it.

are the juke, mokka, this 2008, etc really rivals for the Yeti? surely the Yeti is a "proper" 4x4/crossover and not some supermini on big wheels? I would have thought the Yeti's real rivals were the Tiguan, Rav4, etc.
anyway - looks like a decent attempt from Peugeot.

This style of vehicle must be intrinsically ungainly but this is slightly better than some. Since dispensing with the services of Pininfarina the Peugeot side of PSA has never really hit the spot stylistically.

Actually looks smart. Wonder how it will drive and perform?!


Bag of French poo. Will depreciate faster than lead sinking in water. And will never ever be reliable as Honda. Sheer waste of the Earths resources to produce crap like this.

As will be seen from my previous posting, I am not a fan of this vehicle stylistically but comments about bags of poo, like similar ones regarding Vauxhalls are merely regurgitations (or is it excretions) of received opinion.

I thought I was the only one who found Skoda Yeti's looks holding back this otherwise talented car. I am keenly awaiting what Skoda engineers will do with the uplift that is so due. I hope they fix its amphibious looks.
Unlike Jack Rix I wouldn't compare Peugeot 2008 with Yeti though. Its better compared with supermini-based SUVs such as Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Vauxhall Mokka, Chevrolet Trax, etc.

Apple's n pear's, chalk n cheese... this isn't a rival for the Yeti...

I like it, certainly grabs my attention more than the 500X which ended up being a bit of a disappointment for me. Wait a year and buy one for half the price??

This must be the first Peugeot design I've liked since the 405! I wonder whether the cheap ones will be as appealing though. I sense a lot of optional extras on the model in the pictures.

This thing looks very similar to the Vauxhall Mokka.
most people on this site were slagging it off.
Yet they are praising this.
Don't we love to stick the boot in ourselves.
Divide and rule!

Just looked at the concept, and have to say that in yellow and black, it looked clean and sleek.

Productionizing (aka deleting the sparkle-factor) has done the design no good.

It's still a Peugeot though! Eurojunk.

Another Peugeot without rear parking sensors. Camera is not a substitute. I didn't buy a 3008 because they were omitted.

"stick the boot in ourselves" in what way? Neither Vauxhall or the Mokka are in any way British and mean absolutely nothing to us as a nation, economy or culture.

Who the hell would want anything British - I am ashamed to admit being british. For real quality buy german or czech.

Looks really good and given my personal experience driving Peugeot for years, it will be a very pleasant car to drive- Excellent value for money with a good looking design and well balanced car, it will sell.

It's a good looking car - the best looking in it's class - but I don't see as many influences from the 208 as I would have liked to see. Looks nothing like the 3008 and 5008 either so I think the next ones will look a little like this.

I'd say the Peugeot 3008 is more of a rival to the Yeti.

how can anyone like the Skoda Yeti it is horrible and I puke everytime I see one on the roads. This looks a charming car but doesn't show the height of it, is this going towards a 4*4 with height or low roof line like Skoda Yeti? Why are they not making smart looking cars now and if they do they are way over priced.

a 1.2 in a car that big? :/

Well done PSA, this SUV looks good, well balanced, a pretty tough look as well. It is going to be a hard match between Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008. I think it is great fun to see the French Car Makers competing against each other (and the rest of the world of course). It is very good for consumers. It is only getting better and better.

Then let's hope you live somewhere other than in the UK. If not you know what you can do.

If you had more cash and bought anything from the basic spec, you would have got rear parking sensors, you buffoon.

no. a 1.2 turbo

yeah cos the 3008 after 3 years of production cost half the price too? 12 months old 3008 diesels cost around £14000 compared to 20,500 new. so 32% not 50%. and u get 0% on new ones.

turbocharged, supercharged... still a 1.2