After four years on the market, during which almost 700,000 units were produced, the Peugeot 2008 crossover is undergoing modernization. Unlike a number of other mid-life car changes, this model retains both petrol and diesel engines.
From the outside, the most striking feature of the facelifted car is the trio of luminous “claws” under the main headlights in a new design, which are the new light signature at the front. This will be the same for all versions; the GT variant, however, will receive two triplets of segments in the main headlights, which will together form a cone of dipped headlights.
Comparison of the previous model (left) with the modernized one:
Similarly, the designers are trying to get three claws into the rear lights, where, however, the luminous lines are now horizontal. Together with the inscription “Peugeot” instead of the logo between the lamps, it creates the impression that the car is wider, but this is not the case – the dimensions, including the volume of the luggage, remained unchanged.
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In the interior, the automaker went the route of new covers and similar details rather than any radical changes. The instrument panel is a display in the higher levels, even with a 3D effect in the highest one, and its diagonal is larger.
The biggest change is the new ten-inch central screen, in which we also see the very good infotainment system from the larger 308 model, albeit without the adjustable iToggles shortcuts on the second, smaller display. However, the buttons for faster access to the most important functions have remained, and the option of voice control using the command “Ok, Peugeot” has also been added.
Also worth noting is the new gear lever head for the manual transmission and the new automatic selector, which is just a switch instead of a lever. Finally, the GT version will also get ambient lighting with a choice of eight color shades.
The new infotainment also means the possibility of wireless smartphone mirroring, which comes in handy with a more powerful wireless charger. USB ports have also been added, and the parking cameras now have a better resolution.
Of course, there is also an army of driving assistants and monitors, which includes adaptive cruise control with the ability to stop and start, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition including “stop lights”, blind spot monitoring, driver attention monitoring or lane monitoring.
Under the hood, two versions of the PureTech 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with a power of 100 or 130 hp remain in the offer, with the standard being a six-speed manual and the more powerful engine also available with an eight-speed automatic. Diesel fans will be pleased with the diesel four-cylinder with a volume of 1.5 liters and 130 horsepower, which works exclusively with an automatic transmission.
Just like before the facelift, there will also be an electric version of the e-2008, which is, however, more powerful. It now offers 156 horsepower, twenty more than before, and the battery capacity has increased by 4 kWh to 54. This means a WLTP range of up to 406 km per charge, according to the automaker.
From 2024, a mild hybrid powertrain will be added to the offer, which will combine the three-cylinder PureTech with a new electrified transmission. Instead of an eight-speed automatic transmission, it will get a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will include an electric motor working with a voltage of 48 V. The total power of the drive system should be 136 horsepower.
According to the automaker, this technology will offer higher torque at low engine speeds and up to 15% lower fuel consumption. The car is also supposed to be able to run on electricity only; in urban traffic, it should be able to drive without the internal combustion engine started for up to 50% of the driving time.
As for the chassis, the only change, according to the automaker, is a slightly reduced ground clearance due to improved aerodynamics. Prices and release date are not yet available.
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