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Wraps off the new Peugeot 5008

By raccars Published


SUV looks ready to rumble with off-roader design and electric scooter charging options.

The Peugeot 5008 has undergone a dramatic makeover and has emerged with a rough-and-tumble vibe in place of the current people carrier feel. It won’t get four-wheel-drive so genuine off-roading is off the agenda but it still looks ready for action and could offer plenty of practicality for people who need seven seats as standard.

The new Peugeot 5008 is set to enter the British market next spring and should cost from around £24,000. It is designed to take on the likes of the Nissan X-Trail, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai’s Santa Fe.

New Peugeot offers more space

An extra 11cm in length and an increase in width means that the new 5008 can offer more cabin space compared to the outgoing model. The French car giant says that passengers in the second row will get 60mm more legroom, even though the 5008 will be amongst the shortest vehicles in its class.

As is common with most of today’s new seven-seaters, the second row of seats can slide backwards and forwards. They can also be folded flat and the third row of seats can fold into the floor of the boot. If the third row seating is down flat, the makers claim that it can offer a class-leading 1,060-litres of boot space.

If extra space is needed to carry items measuring three metres long, or even more, a front passenger seat that can fold is on offer. This has significant potential value for DIY enthusiasts or those with hobbies involving bulky equipment.

Inside the new Peugeot 5008

The new 5008 shares the same i-Cockpit design featured in the company’s smaller models, complete with a simplified dash, eight-inch display, 12.3-inch heads-up display and shrunken steering wheel.

Peugeot has also taken from elsewhere in the PSA group when it comes to the power trains and the stop/start technology. There is a 1.2 PureTech petrol engine, which can produce 130bhp and has a 117g/km rating when fitted with six-speed manual transmission and 120g/km when teamed with a six-speed auto.

There is also a 1.6 165bhp PureTech engine available with a six-speed automatic gearbox with a rating of 133g/km. Diesel options are a 2.0-litre and a 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine. The 1.6 BlueHDi 100 with a five-speed manual gearbox is the cleanest choice, rated at 106g/km.

The 1.6 120 with the six-speed manual has a rating of 108g/km, whilst the 2.0 in six-speed 150bhp form produces 118g/km of emissions or 124g/km when the engine is combined with a six-speed auto.

Trim levels

Four trim levels will be available in the 5008 collection. These are the Active, the Allure, the GT Line and the GT. Full details on specs and prices have not yet been released. Options are set to include a premium Focal sound system, massaging front seats and the choice of a panoramic glass roof which can be opened.

There will also be the option to have an electric tailgate which can be closed or opened with just a foot being waved beneath the rear bumper.

In terms of safety technology, the new Peugeot 5008 will be packed with driver assistance features including Hill Assist Descent Control, Advanced Grip Control, Distance Alert, Auto Emergency Braking, Smart beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assistance, Speed Sign Recognition, Speed Suggestion, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Visio Park vision and Park Assist.

One of the more unusual options will be the chance to include an electric scooter or electric bike with the 5008, which can be recharged when stored inside the vehicle.

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