The 2008 Concept – Another EcoSport rival, this time from Peugeot
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Being a French company, Peugeot is planning big for the Paris Motor Show. The French automaker plans to showcase the 2008 Concept – a glimpse of an upcoming production crossover in the B Segment.
This is the same segment that is currently dominated by the Dacia Duster and the Nissan Juke and will soon be flooded with many entries such as the Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Honda Jazz-based crossover, Ssangyong XIV, and the Opel Mokka.
The Peugeot 2008 Concept is a compact SUV (4.14 meters long) designed mostly for urban usage. It is an evolution of the Urban Crossover concept which debuted earlier this year at the Beijing motor show. It will be based on the Peugoet 208 platform to make sure that the compact SUV remains ‘Compact’.
The Concept 2008 is painted using fluorescent paint with stark black fittings. The slender headlamps are accentuated with a strip of LED lights. Huge air dams up front give the crossover a macho look. The multi spoke alloys covered with chunky rubber looks very exciting. The tail lamps are straight out of the 208 hatchback and the thick exhaust pipes are probably just for show.
Engines options are unconfirmed, but we are expecting range of petrols and diesels such as
Peugeot 2008 Concept Petrol options
- 1.2 VTi with 82 hp
- 1.4 VTi with 95 hp
- 1.6 VTi with 120 hp
- 1.6 THP with 156 hp
Peugeot 2008 Concept Diesel options
- 1.4 HDi with 70 hp
- 1.6 e-HDi with 92 hp
Don’t expect this crossover to hit the production line anytime before 2014.
Peugeot’s India plans may be on hold for now but we expect them to materialize sooner or later considering the land for the factory in Gujarat is ready to be used. Maybe one day soon, we could to drive the Peugeot 2008 on Indian roads.