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New PEUGEOT 2008, the brand's compact SUV

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 05:00

The PEUGEOT 2008 entered the ring in 2013 with strong arguments. The customers particularly appreciated its elegance and dynamic performance. It has enjoyed continuous growth in sales volumes, with production over 580,000 units[1] worldwide. In Europe, this success is illustrated by a podium place in the segment which has been firmly established since launch.

To amplify this performance, the PEUGEOT 2008 is taking on an assertive, powerful and appealing SUV design. Its wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates confirm its robustness, designed for everyday use. The new Ultimate Red colour epitomises the power and desirability of the new 2008.

The Access, Active and Allure levels are complemented by the new superior ‘GT Line’. This desirable trim level is already a very popular choice on key PEUGEOT models (208, 308 and 508), which adds a sporty and chic theme with a red/black colour theme.

The PEUGEOT 2008 offers appealing and unique sensations of control. They are addictive. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is unique to PEUGEOT and embodies the driving characteristics of the PEUGEOT 2008, being: intuitive, agile, flexible and safer to drive.

The Grip Control, an adapted traction system, gives the 2008 its versatility on all types of terrain. It is combined with Mud & Snow (all-Season) certified winter tyres.

The PEUGEOT 2008 is equipped with Mirror Screen, based on MirrorLinkTM and Apple Carplay®, along with the reversing camera, Active City Brake and Park Assist, a rarity in this segment.

An unparalleled dynamic performance is apparent in all versions. The Euro6 engines ensure high-level driving pleasure while remaining fuel efficient. Four versions are Best-in-Class in their segment, including the 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox.


[1] As of the end of March 2016

PEUGEOT 2008, in a nutshell

A compact SUV, the PEUGEOT 2008 is an assertive proposition. It provides an unparalleled dynamic performance and a unique and addictive driving experience.

The design features the codes of the segment, with added power and robustness. The wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates protect the bodywork and the occupants. The wave roof and roof bars, the rear door moulding and the spoiler are characterised by their sophisticated design.

Black and chrome headlamps and 3D claws illustrate the embedded technology from the outside. Inside, the lighting highlights the luxury of the materials and attention to detail which is apparent in every item.

The new GT Line trim adds a sporty and chic theme to the red/black spirit. This trim, common to the entire range, is consistent with the brand's upgrading strategy.

The ⅓ - ⅔ modular back seats means the boot volume can vary from 410 to 1400 litres in an instant.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® ensures a unique sensations in the segment. The driver enjoys an intuitive, agile, flexible and safe driving experience.

The Grip Control, an adapted traction system, is available in the petrol and Diesel version, in manual or automatic. It is combined with Mud&Snow (certified winter tyres), Goodyear Vector 4Seasons tyres, for genuine versatility in all seasons and weather conditions.

On-board connectivity includes the Mirror Screen feature which allows the driver to link their MirrorLinkTM or Apple Carplay® compatible smartphone to the touch screen.

The PEUGEOT 2008 makes urban travel easier. The Active City Brake technology reduces the severity of accidents and even helps avoid them altogether. The Park Assist technology automatises the parking process. The reversing camera shows the vehicle's dimensions on the screen to facilitate manoeuvring.

The range is composed of Euro 6 PureTech and BlueHDi engines, in manual and automatic. Offering power ratings of 82 to 130hp, its CO2 emissions are restricted to 90 to 114g/km. The BlueHDi engines comply with the Euro6 standard through the exclusive combination of the SCR technology and the additivated DPF, the most effective technology on the market. Four types of engine are Best-in-Class in their segment, including the new 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox.


The extremely attractive SUV

The new SUV PEUGEOT 2008 has a strong personality, which arouses the desire to depart on an adventure. It exudes power on all types of road through its innovative technology. The new robust vertical front grille features the lion at the centre of its multifaceted grid. Its clear and precisely designed surround has a curve at the junction with the horizontal form, that gives a dynamic and attractive appearance.

This style approach continues from the grille over the bonnet and onto the roof, completing the wave-shaped profile. Topped by roof bars, this wave emerges directly above the rear doors, providing an exclusive décor. Decorated in a bright chrome finish, it is integrated into the bodywork and continues to highlight the integrated aero-spoiler.

The tailgate aperture opens to permit the low loading sill (just 60cm high), and the rear bumper. The bumper forms part of the solid black protective belt which encircles the new 2008. To preserve the bodywork, this belt unites the front and rear bumpers, equipped with scuff plates and wheel arch extensions.

The ability to play with the elements matches the sophisticated nature of the upper parts: window sealing strips, roof bars, rear door mouldings and spoiler. They illustrate the car's upgrading and increased ground clearance, enhanced by the contrast with the lower part.

The sharp lines and curves of the bodywork are enhanced by the new Ultimate Red (first seen on the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT Sport) and Emerald Crystal colours. The range offers customers a choice of nine colours, including five metallic, one pearlescent and one varnish paint finish.

The appeal of the 2008 is enhanced by its elegant lighting signature. At the front, integrated into the bodywork, the headlamps have a ‘feline look’ with an intensely high-tech, chrome and black mask. The rear lamps feature new, warm-coloured lion claws with a profound 3D effect.

These attractive rear lights surround the tailgate, which itself reveals a spacious and functional boot. This boot can vary from 410 to 1,400 litres in an instant due to the ⅓ - ⅔ modular seat backs. Pressing the button at the top of the backrest is enough to tilt the seat backwards, allowing the seats to collapse automatically. Practical down to the last detail, the boot is equipped with hooks for attaching items and two storage areas on each side, one with a retaining strap and the other with a storage net. Finally, there is an additional 22-litre storage area under the boot lid.

Unique in the SUV segment, the passenger compartment is an example of the high-quality stylish trim and refined adjustments that customers find so appealing. This is complemented by the high-tech and chic interior lighting and enhances the luxury materials selected. As an option, the passenger compartment is equipped with a leather trimmed steering wheel, to match the gear stick surround, handbrake lever and door armrests.

Sitting comfortably in their seat, the driver discovers the instant appeal of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®. According to the trim level or option selected, the roof can be a panoramic glass sunroof with illuminated edging or a laser-cut and backlit roof headlining – also rare in this sector.

Passengers in every seat enjoy numerous well-designed storage areas, easily located due to the front and rear LED dome interior lighting: front door storage boxes, glove box, box and cup holder beside the gear stick, covered console storage, seatback pockets in the back of the front seats, etc. Total interior storage volume is 24 litres. Therefore numerous items, smartphones and other everyday items can always find a place aboard the new 2008.

The upgrading process is accompanied by a new trim level. The Access, Active and Allure levels are crowned by the GT Line. Common to the key models in the PEUGEOT range (208, 308 and 508), this trim level provides customers with a sporty and chic environment, that has great appeal.

The 2008 GT Line is complemented by new alloy wheels with an exclusive 17’’ Eridan gloss black treatment. Gloss black elements replace the standard chrome effect, including the front grille surround, fog light covers, mirror casings and roof bars. The front grille includes Black Chrome facets with red PEUGEOT lettering, while the rear stainless steel scuff plate is decorated like the exhaust tailpipe. Finally, the ‘GT Line’ badging is proudly displayed on each front wing and on the tailgate.

The dynamic spirit continues inside, as soon as you open the doors, with stainless steel sills bearing the PEUGEOT logo, the aluminium pedals and the red-stitch edged floor mats. The head-up display is lit by an array of red LEDs, reminiscent of the RedLine look of the touch screen. Red stitching runs through the seats and rear bench seat, door armrests, gear stick surround, handbrake lever and compact steering wheel. These two items are made of full-grain leather. The seat belts feature the same red edging which decorates the front door grips.


An SUV with unique sensations

For its compact SUV, the brand put a lot of thought into how to provide the best possible motoring experience. The culmination of this process is the total control of the equipment due to the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®. It symbolises a key aspect of the driving characteristics of the PEUGEOT 2008: intuitiveness, agility, flexibility and safety.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® provides the driver with the best sight of the road ahead with all the key features in their line of sight to ensure attention and concentration. The driver feels easily at home at the wheel. Steering the car is a real pleasure. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® makes you want to take the wheel. It makes you want to take full advantage of the car's qualities.

With the eyes permanently on the road, control of the compact steering wheel results in a specific action and an instinctive connection with the road. The compact steering wheel also provides a more relaxed driving position as it reduces the reach of the arms and enable a greater range of movement during driving manoeuvres, with less effort.

Without taking their eyes off the road, the driver more-clearly receives information on the performance of the 2008. This information is concentrated within the driver's line of sight via the head-up display with its array of blue LEDs. This innovation requires much-less fewer physical and mental resources to supervise the car.

While the driver activates and configures the cruise control and speed limiter with their left hand, still holding the steering wheel, they can also make a call on their mobile phone with their right hand from the 7’’ touch screen via the Mirror Screen feature. This screen also displays the situation at the rear of the 2008, due to the reversing camera, and controls the Park Assist feature for assisted parking manoeuvres. Finally, the right hand controls the Grip Control using the thumb wheel for accessing the five control modes.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® makes driving a unique experience.

With its thumb wheel located on the central console, the Grip Control broadens the scope of the 2008 due to an adapted traction system under slippery conditions. This patented system works hand-in-hand with the generous 16cm ground clearance and combined with Mud & Snow (certified winter tyres), Goodyear Vector 4Season tyres, and has genuine versatility in all seasons and weather conditions.

Versatile and flexible, the Grip Control optimises traction according to the terrain by efficient operation of the front wheels. The system leaves the driver in charge at all times, as they can rely on the intelligence of this equipment at any moment, by using the Standard mode, or selecting the desired mode via the thumb wheel:

  • The Standard mode is intended for standard road conditions with a low slippage rate.
  • The Snow mode instantly adapts the slippage of each front wheel to the grip conditions encountered. When the vehicle reaches 50km/h, the system switches to Standard mode.
  • The All-Terrain mode is for travelling confidently on slippery ground (mud, wet grass, etc.). It facilitates the starting of the vehicle in these specific conditions by transferring as much torque as possible to the wheel with the most grip. Acting as a limited slip differential (LSD), it is particularly suitable for country roads and active up to 80km/h.
  • The Sand mode maintains wheel spin on both driven wheels simultaneously to allow progress on soft soil and limit the risk of getting stuck in the sand. This mode is functional up to 120km/h, after which it switches to Standard mode.
  • The ESP Off mode gives the driver the opportunity to totally disconnect the ESP and Grip Control, up to 50km/h, and manage traction autonomously.

The Grip Control feature is available on engines from 100hp, whether they are manual or automatic, with 16’’ or 17’’ tyres. It benefits from the 2008's unparalleled dynamic performance on all terrains.

This performance is made possible by the weight, from just 1,045kg, and four suspension options. The springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, front axle and rear cross member are therefore specific to improve the dynamic performance of all engines specifications. Body support is excellent in all circumstances. The steering maps are adapted to each suspension option to provide optimised and consistent information on the road via the compact steering wheel.


High-tech SUV

The on-board technologies of the PEUGEOT 2008 make everyday life easier. They include the Mirror Screen feature via MirrorLinkTM[1] or Apple Carplay®[2], which displays certain apps from the driver's compatible smart phone on the touch screen of the car. The driver can therefore access their applications intuitively and safely. For obvious safety reasons, this access is dependent on the driving condition of the vehicle. When it is in motion, only the applications relevant to the driving task are available.

Applications include Start MyPeugeot, the car's digital on-board library, iCoyote, the community application for traffic and alert zone information, or Parkopedia which helps find parking spaces.

To enhance safety in urban areas, the PEUGEOT 2008 is equipped with Active City Brake technology, an automatic urban braking system when there is a risk of collision. This device helps reduce the severity of the accident or even avoid it altogether. To do this, a short-range laser sensor (LIDAR technology) is installed on the upper part of the windscreen, to detect obstacles such as a moving or stationary vehicle, travelling in the same direction and in the same lane.

If the driver fails to take action, and up to 30km/h, the Active City Brake engages full auto-braking to reduce the speed differential between the 2008 and the obstacle. Automatic deceleration can reach 10m/s².

By automating parallel parking manoeuvres, Park Assist makes the most of the 2008's compactness to facilitate trips into town. Once the feature has been activated, the ultrasonic sensors measure the dimensions of the available spaces to notify the driver of a suitable location. Park Assist then guides the vehicle via the action of the electric power steering system, and all the driver has to do is view their surroundings and control the car's progress. When reversing, the reversing camera illustrates the dimensions of the vehicle on the screen using colour guide lines.

Pulling out of a parking space is very easy by using the intelligence of Park Assist again, even on a sloping street thanks to the Hill Assist feature.

With the aerodynamic body and lightness of the PEUGEOT 2008 SUV, the broad range of Euro 6 engines makes it suitable for every purpose while optimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These emissions range from 90 to 114g/km is due to specifying four Best-in-Class engines in their segment.

Entirely designed by the Group, the new generation of PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines is recognised for its properties. Ensuring high-level driving pleasure while optimising fuel consumption and emissions, these PureTech engines are remarkably light and efficient. Compared with a similar 4-cylinder engine, the naturally-aspirated version is 21kg lighter and the turbo-charged version 12kg lighter.

This turbo-charged version is equipped with high-pressure direct injection (at 200 bars) and a new-generation high-performance turbo (running at 240,000rpm). It delivers high torque for its engine capacity, with 205Nm for the 110hp version and 230Nm for the 130hp version at 1,750rpm. In addition, the PureTech engine delivers exceptional performance, with constant power up to 6,500rpm, and remarkable acoustic comfort.

This versatile 3-cylinder engine can be combined with three choices: 5-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic gearbox. This is the new automatic gearbox called EAT6 for Efficient Automatic Transmission 6-speed. Its Quickshift technology guarantees top-of-the-range driving pleasure due to fluid and rapid gear changes. Moreover, its CO2 emissions are considerably reduced as a result of the reduction in internal friction and internal slippage due to the lock-up torque converters.

The petrol range of the new SUV 2008 includes a choice of five engines:

  • 1.2L PureTech 82, 5-speed manual gearbox, 4.9l/100km, with CO2 at 114g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 82, 5-speed electronically-controlled gearbox, 4.4l/100km, with CO2 at 102g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S, 5-speed manual gearbox, 4.4l/100km, with CO2 at 103g/km,
  • 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S, 6-speed automatic gearbox (EAT6), 4.8l/100km, with CO2 at 110g/km, Best-in-Class in its segment,
  • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S, 6-speed manual gearbox (EAT6), 4.8l/100km, with CO2 at 110g/km, Best-in-Class in its segment.

The BlueHDi 1.6L Diesel engine is an exclusive combination of the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and additivated Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). This engine is characterised by its pleasure to drive and record low fuel consumption, regardless of the version – 75, 100 and 120hp.

The SCR technology is the most effective on the market in terms of post-treatment of nitrogen oxides (NOx), as it is the only one to reduce NOx by up to 90%. Installed upstream of the additivated DPF, it is activated at an early stage. This is made possible by the additivated DPF's ability to regenerate at a lower temperature than the other DPF technologies as used by our competitors. The additivated DPF removes 99.9% of all particles, including the finest.

This excellent NOx reduction effectiveness optimises both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, which is up to 4% lower than the EURO5 engines.

The Diesel range of the new SUV 2008 includes a choice of six engines, all of them with CO2 emissions at less than 100g/km:

  • 1.6L BlueHDi 75, 5-speed manual gearbox, 3.7l/100km, with CO2 at 97g of CO2/km, Best-in-Class in its segment,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100, 5-speed manual gearbox, 3.7l/100km, with CO2at 97g/km,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S, 5-speed manual gearbox, 3.5l/100km, with CO2at 90g/km, fuel economy version,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S, 5-speed manual gearbox, 3.6l/100km, with CO2at 95g/km,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S, 6-speed electronically-controlled gearbox, 3.6l/100km, with CO2at 95g/km,
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S, 6-speed manual gearbox, 3.7l/100km, with CO2at 96g/km, Best-in-Class in its segment.



The new PEUGEOT 2008 stands out in the compact SUV segment. Its appeal lies in its exclusive combination of robustness and sophistication. It provides unique sensations equipped with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, its technological equipment and unparalleled road handling. Driving the 2008 is an addictive pleasure.






[1] MirrorLinkTM is an upgradable communication protocol developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium, which notably involves the major car and mobile phone manufacturers as well as application developers.

[2] Apple Carplay® is an Apple communication protocol.