The French Revolution continues, with Peugeot unveiling its revamped 2008 SUV. There’s been a streamlining of the range, a change to a sole engine/transmission combination, and some trim changes. Here’s the way the range shakes down.
The engine is a turbocharged three cylinder, at 1.2 litres of capacity. That’s bolted to a Japanese sourced six speed auto and it’s this combination that will be the only engine and transmission available in a three model range. The names will be Active, Allure, and GT-Line, with the latter replacing the Outdoor that also offered a diesel and manual.The undersquare 12 valve engine will produce a peak power of 81 kilowatts at 5500 rpm, and peak torque is a healthy 205 Nm at 1500 rpm. That’s good enough to see a 0-100 kph time of 11.3 seconds for the near 1200 kilogram vehicle. Peugeot rate the fuel consumption and tested in the real world as 4.8L/100 km for the combined cycle from a 50L tank using 95RON. There’s also an adaptable drive system, with Normal, Snow, Mud etc available via a dial in the centre console.The facelift isn’t extensive but side by side it’d be noticeable compared to the outgoing models. There’s a new grille which will be a signature look for future models. Peugeot’s design team have imbued the headlights with a feline look, with a black and chrome finish. The tail lights have been slightly revamped, with a more noticeable claw look. All cars will be fitted with roofrails, adding some extra height and topping out at 1556 mm. Ending the roof on the 4159 mm long 2008 is a roof spoiler and the range will be enhanced by a new colour, Ultimate Red.Standard equipment will cover items such as reverse camera, parking sensors, Stop/Start, MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay. The Allure and GT-Line will also be equipped with Active City Brake and City Park, a self parking system, plus auto head lights and rain sensing wipers. The Active will roll on 16 inch alloys, with 195/60 rubber, whereas the other two go up an inch and slightly wider at 205/50/17. There’s a full sized spare but at odds with the others in 185/65/15 profile.At the time of writing, the GT-Line will be made available some time after the release of the Active and Allure. What the two cars at launch will offer is comprehensive. Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist, all power windows are one touch, heated and folding door mirrors, and seven inch touchscreen. The Active dips out on satnav as standard but can option it in. Leather trim for the tiller is common but on the park brake in the Allure only. A panoramic glass roof is also an option for the Allure as are heated seats (no ventilation for the Aussie market is an oversight.) Cargo is reasonable, with 410L which increases to 917L with the seats down.Pricing remains, understandably, sharp, at $26490 for the Active, an increase of $1000 but with extra equipment. The Allure remains the same price at $30990 and gains extra kit, and the GT-Line is slated to come in at $32990, with all prices at a Recommended Retail Price. Head to www.peugeot.com.au for details and to book a test drive.