Peugeot unveils a new compact

Peugeot presented the 2008 at the Paris Motor Show 2012 recently. Due for commercial launch in 2013, Peugeot’s 2008 is a small crossover, firmly based on the newly launched Peugeot 208. Agile, compact, versatile and with a striking style, it is perfect for city life or for escaping from it.

Peugeot presented the 2008 at the Paris Motor Show 2012 recently. Due for commercial launch in 2013, Peugeot’s 2008 is a small crossover, firmly based on the newly launched Peugeot 208. Agile, compact, versatile and with a striking style, it is perfect for city life or for escaping from it.

Peugeot has had proven success in the compact car segment, with sales of more than 15 million ‘2’ series vehicles. A worthy successor to stars such as 205, 206 and 207, the new Peugeot 208 has exceeded all sales targets since its launch across Europe this summer. The marque is also noted for its success in the Crossover segment; the Peugeot 3008 was crowned Irish Car of the Year 2010. Wishing to merge these two fields of excellence into one new vehicle, Peugeot has developed the 2008 Concept.

Marrying the elegance and refinement of a small hatchback and the ruggedness of an SUV, the 2008 Concept is just 4.14m long and 1.74m wide. It bears the stylistic codes of the Marque: floating grille, piercing headlamps, chiseled contours. Athletic, sleek lines give a reassuring impression of protection and strength. Large wheels matched to its high architecture hint at a vehicle designed for performance and leisure. It is painted fluorescent yellow with velvet matt varnish, evoking a feeling of vitality and energy.

Under its sleek bonnet the 2008 Concept is equipped with a new turbocharged 1.2 petrol 110bhp engine boasting low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This 3-cylinder engine is a breakthrough in terms of consumption and CO2 while offering real driving pleasure.

Engineers and stylists from Paris, Shanghai, China and Sao Paulo, Latin America worked together to create the seductive vehicle. It will go into production in 2013, first in France (Mulhouse) then in China (Wuhan) and later in Brazil (Porto Real).

Prices and equipment levels for the Irish market will be announced closer to launch.