Peugeot 2008 now in NZ
Timing is everything, or so they say, and Peugeot is landing its new 2008 small SUV here at the right time.
The market segment in which it drops is going bananas at present, on a dramatic trajectory skywards as it eats into sales of small and compact hatches. The new 2008 is the second generation of the brand’s smallest SUV.
They tell us the 2008 is a continuation of Peugeot’s product strategy to bring a sense of the premium class to the masses; a quality, design-centric offering without the high price. Where the old range began at $29,990, the new starts at $33,990 but it’s an all-new model with more on offer.
The range starts with the Active at $33,990 while the middle-tier Allure is $39,990. Both are powered by a 1.2 turbopetrol making 96kW and 230Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed auto. The claims include 0-100km/h in 9.3sec and 6.5L/100km on average. The $45,990 GT steps up with a gruntier 114kW tune of the 1.2 with 240Nm made at 1750rpm. It has an eight-speed auto so is both a bit brisker and more economical at 6.1L/100km.
There’s AEB and lane keeping for Active and Allure while the GT adds active cruise with stop and go, an improved AEB system to pick up stray pedestrians and cyclists, active lane keeping and blind spot monitoring. The GT’s LED lighting system also has active highbeam assist. Other niceties for the GT buyers include the diamond black roof and 18-inch alloys.
Inside, the Allure and GT gain the flash 10-inch touchscreen and digital dials, all have Smartphone connectivity while the GT also adds a charge pad. New for Peugeot is a five-year warranty period, though the 100,000km limit still applies.
For a full review, see the latest issue of NZ Autocar magazine, on sale August 6.