in Provence: Peugeot 2008 is now a real SUV, we also drove an electric version

What we noticed at a glance and after the first mileage was the fact that the 2008 Peugeot “grew” the epithet “city crossover” and can now be called a real SUV. Its dimensions clearly show this, and it attracts attention with its distinctive style and powerful appearance.

The 2008 Peugeot 2008 is 4.30 m long, with a 2.60 m wheelbase. Its strong appearance is further enhanced by its 18-inch wheels. According to its manufacturer, this model is definitely at the heart of the compact SUV segment, and stands out for its unique design, innovation and technology. Even the greatest critics will admit that it is special, unique and attractive, elegant and robust at the same time. The color palette has been expanded to include three colors in addition to the standard colors: Elixir red, Vertigo high gloss blue and Fusion metallic orange which is exclusive to the 2008 Peugeot.

Attractive, practical and sporty

Attractive exterior design and build quality are present in the interior as well. The panels are made of a combination of soft materials and slightly harder plastic, which doesn’t look simple and cheap. They also contain carbon imitation, and in the interior, high-quality, touch-friendly materials such as Alcantara or Nappa leather are present. The seats are profiled and offer excellent comfort and lateral support, and they do not even have to travel that long. There is ample space for front and rear passengers, in fact, the rear passenger compartment is at a record high for the CMP platform. We also liked the driver’s position, which offers both visibility and a feeling of being in a sports car, not a compact SUV. The suspension is well tuned and allows for a fairly “soft” ride, and we are positively surprised and impressed by the behavior in the turns. Tilting is eliminated to a great extent, which gives the driver a sense of security even when cornering faster, while the steering wheel is also precise in what we are convinced of when walking through the narrow streets of Provence and passing other cars.

Regardless of the version, the volume of the double-trunk trunk remains the same, at 434 liters. There is also space for storage of small things, its volume is 30 liters. In addition to the standard front passenger compartment and door panel compartments, there is a discreet compartment under the armrests and in the center console in front of the fully electric eight-speed automatic gearbox. The special ambience and more light allows for an optional panoramic roof that makes this SUV even more desirable and attractive.

Rich in technology, i-Cockpit 3D in focus

As for the technology segment, the French company is focusing on Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D, which is a true innovation. It debuted in the new Peugeot 206, and is now part of 2008, which became the first in the segment with this technology. The instrument cluster displays information to the driver in 3D, characterized by efficiency, transparency and increased security. There is also an HD touchscreen infotanment system that controls certain systems in the car. Depending on the version, the screen can be up to 10 inches diagonal. Central-smartphone smartphone connectivity is possible thanks to MirrorScreen compatibility including MirrorLink connectivity protocols, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. Peugeot kept the distinctive physical buttons for controlling the ventilation system and air conditioning. Some like it, others don’t,

The multifunction steering wheel is ergonomically designed with a flat top and bottom, and behind it are levers that allow the driver to take control of the transmission when needed or when desired. The optimum “lies” in the hands and as we said before, it is very accurate.

The insulation inside is satisfactory, and excellent sound is taken care of by the FOCAL Hi-Fi ten-speaker system, which has been developed for three years. The rich and clear sound it produces adds to the driving pleasure of Peugeot’s new SUV. Passengers are provided with USB ports to charge the device, or up to four USB ports depending on the equipment package (two forward including one USB-C port and two back). Also in the center console is a cellphone storage compartment that also functions as a wireless charger.

As we said, the 2008 Peugeot is rich in technology and has taken some of the functions from higher-end models. It can be rightly said that the “technological arsenal” is quite impressive and includes a system such as Drive Assist Plus, a system that is a major step towards semi-autonomous driving. It is made up of a combination of lane departure systems coupled with a Lane Positioning system that allows you to select lane position and adaptive cruise control with a Stop & Go function in an eight-speed automatic transmission. Our Peugeot 2008 was virtually self-driving, and you can watch the demo in the video.

The driver is provided with a parking assist system that automatically maneuvers the steering wheel when entering or exiting a parking space. This system will easily park your car when the space between your car and other cars is only 60 cm. Pretty useful for those with poorer parking skills.

Peugeot 2008 has received the latest generation of automatic emergency braking, and this system can detect pedestrians and cyclists during the day and night at speeds between 5 and 140 km / h.

Also included in the package of assistive and safety systems is an active warning system for inadvertently switching to another lane or leaving the road. There is also a driver alert system for fatigue that recommends a break when needed.

The new 2008 features LED lights and auto long beam activation, and now recognizes more traffic signs. Safety is also added to the vehicle tracking system in the blind corner, and there is an electric parking brake.

TomTom Traffic 3D navigation, which is displayed on the central touch screen but can also be tracked on a 3D cluster, will take care of your destination.

The Grip Control system is connected by the HADC downhill assist system itself and is optional.

The 2008 Peugeot will be offered with four trim levels, namely Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Premium GT Line and GT packages are recognizable by LED lights and a signature light that looks like three claws, 18-inch alloy wheels with inserts, interior details, black trim, contrasting thread, lighting, seats and aluminum slippers. All that exudes quality, we will say luxury.

A diverse range of engines

In the picturesque Provence we drove past the legendary French vineyards, and during the two days of the international presentation of Peugeot 2008 we tried out what it has to offer with different powertrains because we had the opportunity to drive gasoline, diesel, but also a fully electric model, which is proof that Peugeot is developing with trends and is committed to transition when it comes to energy.

We offer three versions of the three-cylinder 1.2 liter petrol engine that meet the Euro 6 standard, the PureTech 100 with 6-speed manual transmission, PureTech 120 with 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, and the PureTech 155 with 8-speed automatic transmission only in case of GT version.

Diesel enthusiasts will be able to choose between two versions of a four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that meets the Euro 6d-temp standard, the BlueHDI 100 with 6-speed manual and the BlueHDI 130 with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Our choices are more powerful versions, but even those with slightly less power are not weak for this SUV.

As far as driving modes are concerned, the driver can choose between Eco, Normal and Sport, whose names speak for themselves.

Peugeot has pointed out that some engines will be tailored to specific markets.

The Peugeot e-2008 is a fully electric SUV

At Peugeot they are extremely proud of the new 2008, but the electric e-2008 holds a special place. It is a fully electric SUV with an electric motor delivering 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque and a 50 kWh battery that provides a range of 310 km according to the WLTP standard. The Peugeot battery provides a warranty of eight years or 160,000 miles for 70 percent of the battery capacity. There are two brake energy recovery modes that can be selected via the gear lever, the Drive (D), which is standard and features a gas or diesel car, and the Brake (B), which can accelerate directly via the accelerator pedal.

The batteries are installed in the floor so that they do not adversely affect the performance of the SUV, as well as the interior space for passengers and their dirt. The shafts have been adapted to optimize weight distribution.

Battery charging times vary, and using a regular household connector and an efficient Green Up jack will take 16 hours to charge. If a three-phase Wallbox (11 kW) port that can be installed at home is used, charging will take 5 hours and 15 minutes. Since the Peugeot e-2008 has battery thermal regulation, it can also use a 100 kW charger to charge the battery up to 80 percent of its capacity in just 30 minutes. In Europe, there is a network of more than 105,000 of these chargers.

Customers will be offered a MyPeugeot app that will provide information on range, battery status and power consumption. It will also allow programming of vehicle heating or air conditioning.

Let’s also say that the Peugeot e-2008 does not have a specific silhouette compared to conventional drive versions, but still differs in some details. First of all, there’s the “e” mark on the front fenders and tailgate, sleek front body grille, Alcantara-coated seats, specific displays on the screens. logo of a lion whose color changes from green to blue depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

The ride itself reveals almost nothing about the electric vehicle, since the internal combustion engines are really quiet.

It arrives in BiH in early 2020

As for the new Peugeot 2008, it will be available in BiH early next year, in February or March, and prices are unknown so far. Production will be done in Wuhan for the Chinese market, or in Vig for all other countries.

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