New baby Peugeot SUV
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Peugeot has released pictures of a new B-segment crossover ahead of its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Officially tagged a concept, this is the third time we have seen the show car (in various guises) after Paris in 2010 and Beijing earlier this year. Peugeot has confirmed that the 2008 will go into production in 2013, giving the French marque a Nissan Juke rival.
Painted in a rather fetching shade of fluorescent yellow with Velvet matt varnish the 2008 concept is sure to attract attention on the Peugeot stand in Paris. It will need more than just a garish paintjob however as the concept will be unveiled alongside the production version of the 208 GTI. The floating front grille in contrasting Dark Chrome finish and 'cat like' (that is how Peugeot describes them) headlights give the car a distinctive look that, along with the large wheels and exaggerated wheel arches, should just about see the 2008 hold its own.
While Peugeot uses such flowery terms as 'athletic, full of energy and solidity with dynamism' to describe the exterior it has not bothered to utter a syllable about the 2008's innards. Might the interior be somewhat conventional in comparison? Guess we will have to wait till the big reveal in Paris to find out.
The 2008 will be the first model fitted with Peugeot's turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The 1.2-litre unit has been tuned to 110hp for the concept and Peugeot has targeted low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions but with a 'real driving pleasure.' The lightweight engine is part of Peugeot's downsizing strategy and should make into the rest of the manufacturer's range in time.
The 2008 has been designed as a global car, with design input apparently received from as far afield as Sao Paulo and Kuala Lumpar. Production will begin in France for the European market, followed by China and Brazil.
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