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Peugeot shows off new electric 2008

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 3:59pm

Peugeot has shown off the new 2008 small crossover, which will go on sale later this year. On the just-as-well-given-recent-news side of things, there will be an all-electric model, which will go on sale early in 2020.

That electric model borrows its 136hp electric motor and 50kWh battery from the new 208 hatchback, which will also be arriving on sale shortly. Peugeot says that, assuming you can find a 100kW charging point, you can top up that battery to 80 per cent power in 30 minutes, and on a full battery you should be able to put down 311km before you need to stop again.

That’s a little less than you’ll get from the electric 208, but then the 2008 (e-2008 if we’re talking about the electric model) is larger and less aerodynamic.

It’s substantially larger than the outgoing 2008 too — 140mm longer with a 60mm boost to the wheelbase and a much larger 434 litre boot, which should make it a more practical proposition for family buyers.

Conventional powertrains will include the familiar 1.2 litre PureTech petrol three cylinder unit in 100hp, 130hp and a new 155hp form (that last one with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and only available in top-spec GT trim).

There will be but a single diesel model — a 100hp 1.5 litre BlueHDI version — quite the change for a brand that pioneered turbo diesel sales back in the 1990s. Peugeot says that you shouldn’t feel guilty if you fancy the diesel, as since 2017, its models have met the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) with a compliance factor of 1.5 instead of the current, permitted, 2.1 conformity factor - three years ahead of the regulation deadline.

The e-2008 could prove popular, but price may be an issue. While Peuegot isn’t talking specifics yet, it’s likely that it will be priced against the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona EV, but those cars have a one-charge range that’s around 140km longer.

Peugeot will therefore try to give the e-2008 more of a premium feel, with high-spec all-digital instruments (which now come with a 3D projector effect), special badges (including the Peugeot lion in ‘sparkling dichroic’, with reflections alternating between green and blue depending on the angle of view), Alcantara seat upholstery, and a MyPeugeot app, with which owners will be able to pre-set the charging times, heating and air conditioning, as well as check its current charge level remotely.

Peugeot will also introduce a ‘digital journey simulator’ on its website, that will help owners plan longer journeys, find charging points, and flag up points of interest along the way. There will also be what Peugeot is calling a ‘mobility pass’ which will give owners easy access to a Peugeot with a combustion engine if they need one for longer journeys.

Other high-tech options, common to the combustion models too, will be automatic high-beam lights, active lane keeping, active cruise control, automated parking, blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, and a ten-speaker Focal stereo.

There will be four trim lines — Active, Allure, GT-Line, and GT. The central infotainment screen will also grow to a ten-inch version on top-spec models, and will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.

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