The new Peugeot 2008 marks the French firm's entrance into the booming compact crossover market with a new Nissan Juke rival.

The 208-based supermini-SUV will reach the UK in September after an official unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March. As well as fighting the established Juke and Mini Countryman, the 2008 will do battle with a whole new wave of entries into the segment, including the Vauxhall Mokka, Ford Ecosport and Renault Captur.

Few specific details on the 2008 were revealed alongside these first official pictures, but the French firm has confirmed the length of the car is 4160mm. This makes the 25mm longer than the Juke.

The look of the 2008 leans heavily on the 208, sporting a front grille and front and rear headlight design borrowed from the supermini. The ride height and driving position have been raised, and a rugged bodykit including black bumpers and sills and roof rails. The 2008 pictured here is also equipped with 17in alloys with ‘Mud&Snow’ tyres.

The 2008 will be front-wheel drive only, but some off-road ability will be offered through a clever ‘Grip Control’ traction system similar to that used on the larger 3008.

Engines will mostly be borrowed from the 208. The line-up will include a new version of the turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, alongside 1.4 and 1.6 e-HDI diesels. In its most efficient form, the 2008 will produce 99g/km of CO2.

The 2008 is the first Peugeot to be designed and developed across several of its global markets. It will also be produced globally as well, in France, China and Brazil.