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Peugeot unveils the 2008 mini-SUV

New 208-based Juke rival...

Peugeot has revealed a few images and details of the new 2008 mini-SUV model today, ahead of the full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This is a little early for a Geneva initial reveal, but their hand was forced thanks to some leaked images over the weekend appearing on forums across the globe.

Based on the 208, the 2008 SUV is aimed squarely at the emerging mini-SUV market currently occupied by the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman. This market segment will also be bolstered soon by the Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur, based on the Corsa, Fiesta and Clio respectively.

The 2008 bases its look heavily on the 208, but the body shape takes hints from the 5008. Unfortunately the 2008 has taken on the design trend of the moment, which is taking chunks out of the light designs in order to make them more interesting. While this may be the case in the short term, we think that all it will do is date the car very quickly. The front lights are a similar shape to the 208’s, but with a little ‘shark fin’ taken out of them in the middle. At the rear the lights’ upper and lower trailing edges blend around the bodywork much like the Ford Focus or even the new Range Rover. There is also lower body cladding, a black rear bumper and faux underbody protection at the front.

Overall the look is quite successful, with a few interesting design details impressing, like the way the roof has a step to increase rear headroom, much like the Land Rover Discovery.

Engine-wise, the 2008 will have a turbocharged 1.2 litre 3-cylinder petrol version, along with 1.4 and 1.6 litre diesels, all carried over from the 208. More information on the interior and pricing will be revealed in Geneva.

Images courtesy of Peugeot

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more