The first all-electric Peugeot SUV gains i-cockpit interior upgrades, modernised styling
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
19 June 2019

The all-new 2008 will introduce a fully electric model to Peugeot’s burgeoning SUV line-up for the first time.

The new car, which will arrive in the UK early next year, is 140mm longer than its predecessor and 20mm lower. At 4.3m, the new 2008 is now only 150mm shorter than the larger 3008 SUV. A 60mm longer wheelbase helps boost boot space by 10 litres up to 434 litres across all versions including the electric e-2008, while also increasing rear passenger legroom over the outgoing model.

Sitting on Peugeot’s CMP (Common Modular Platform) architecture, which also underpins the upcoming 208 and Vauxhall Corsa superminis, as well as the current DS 3 Crossback, the new 2008 will launch in the UK with a familiar line-up of PSA petrol engines, as well as the debuting electric powertrain. All cars are front-wheel drive, with optional Grip Control traction control available for driving on changeable road conditions.

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The 1.2-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder will arrive in a choice of 99, 128 and 153bhp outputs with either 6-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. A 99bhp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel will also be available with a six-speed manual only.

The electric e-2008 uses a single motor to drive the front wheels, which produces 136bhp and 192lb ft of torque. A 50kWh battery will provide up to 192 miles of range on the WLTP cycle, which is slightly less than the smaller 208 on account of this car’s greater weight and less aerodynamic body style.

Support for 100kW rapid charging should mean an 80% charge will only take 30 minutes, while two levels of regenerative braking gives the driver the option for greater energy recovery or a more petrol-like driving experience.

Because PSA believes that electric cars will eventually become a natural part of each model’s line-up, the only features that distinguish the e-2008 from ICE versions are some subtle badges and a slightly redesigned front grille. The new car borrows design elements from the 208 and 508 saloon, including light clusters that mimic a lion’s teeth and claws.

Inside, the latest version of Peugeot’s i-cockpit retains the same small diameter steering wheel and widescreen infotainment display as the 508 saloon, while adding a three-dimensional effect to the digital instrument cluster. The speed and safety information is projected like a hologram on top of the regular cluster, which Peugeot claims help to improve driver reaction times.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported as standard, with wireless charging on board for compatible smartphones. Top-end GT-Line and GT models will also receive alcantara and leather interior trim, customisable ambient lighting and will ride on 18in alloy wheels. Safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control with lane assist, park assist and autonomous emergency braking have also filtered down from the more premium 5008.

The 2008 will be built in Vigo, Spain, with both EV and combustion models made on the same production line. Cars destined for the Chinese market will be manufactured locally.

UK cars will arrive in early 2020, with the electric e-2008 to follow after, and while prices have yet to be confirmed, Peugeot will likely be competing with the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric - which both offer greater range.

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19 June 2019

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19 June 2019

Peugeot really are on a roll right now. They seem to recognise the basic fundamental that if you build good looking cars they will succeed in the market. I personally dislike the tiny steering wheel but it seems that others love it and as long as the market wants it, it will sell.

19 June 2019

The range isn’t really good enough in real terms I bet it will only do 150 miles. A Renault Zoe might get away with it as it’s cheaper and can be classed as a commuter car. This is more likely to be used as a family car...

19 June 2019
The new Zoe has 220 miles real world range... apparently..

19 June 2019

  Well yes, it’s ok, good for an SUV a Crossover, whatever you want to call it, not a fan of the Dash though, but Buck Rodgers....

19 June 2019

Could do wiith a slightly higher range option and a 100kw won't be rapid charging compared to some in 2 years time. '100kW rapid charging should mean an 80% charge will only take 30 minutes' means you could expect to go approx 300 miles (6 hrs drive time) with a 30 minute charge at half way period, perfectly acceptable.

Reforces my point about charge times becoming as important as range.  Oh and it's a nice looking car that looks 'premium'  and stands out. +1 PSA

19 June 2019
The new Peugeot face works brilliantly in the 508 due to its low and wide stance. But I am not sure about this 2008, it seems like an afterthought. I liked the previous front-end more, it look more grown-up.
Otherwise, another excellent car from Peugeot, they are on a roll.

19 June 2019

That thing looks like a hippo, especially from the front with that huge gob!

19 June 2019

Looks odd. Like it belongs to another car...

19 June 2019

Or even 'rear' bumper.

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