With the shift to crossovers continuing to gain momentum, Peugeot has thrown its weight behind the segment with the unveiling of the brand new 5008.
Based on the marque's Efficient Modular Platform2 which also underpins the 308 and 3008, the newcomer not only sees the lion badge entering the seven-seat SUV market for the first time - the not for South Africa Mitsubishi Outlander based 4007 was a five-seater only - but also sees it replacing the MPV of the same name admits a gradual decline in this segment.
Claimed to offer a "new on-board experience", the 5008 features the latest iteration of the brand's new corporate look, highlighted by the 308-inspired trapezoidal grille, optional full front LED headlights, raised ride height, choice of 17,18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, off-road inspired body cladding, skidplates, roof rails, "three-claw" LED lights (standard on high spec models) at the rear and optional sliding panoramic roof.
Measuring 4.64 m in overall length with a wheelbase of 2.84 m, the 5008 comes in at 11 cm longer than its MPV forbearer with Peugeot claiming a class-leading boot capacity of 1 060-litres with the second row in place, and the ability to carry loads up to 3.20 m long with the front passenger seats folded down.
As well as offering individual adjustment for each seat in the middle row, the third row, which folds flat when not in use, can also be removed entirely to free up an additional 39dm³ of space.
Moving up front, the 5008 utilises a revised version of Peugeot's i-Cockpit layout, consisting of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and an eight-inch touchscreen central display incorporating 3D satellite navigation, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition for Siri and Android-S devices.
Available as standard on high-end models and optional on others, the i-Cockpit Amplify option allows for the simulation of "four sensual experiences" at once via the push of a button. These includes sight (adjusting the intensity of the screen and compartment lighting), hearing (profile of sound system acoustics), touch (seat message programmes) and smell (fragrance diffuser with three options).
Given its intended family vehicle use, safety has been stepped up with the inclusion of Automatic Braking and Distance Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist, Smartbeam Assist, 360 degree surround view, and Advanced Grip Control featuring Hill Decent Control when going off-road.
While local availability of the 5008 remains as yet unknown, European spec models will be offered in five trim levels; Access, Active Allure, GT-Line and GT, with motivation coming from a choice of two e-THP PureTech turbopetrol engines and two BlueHDi turbodiesel units.
Mated to either a six-speed or smaller ratio automatic, the base 1.2-litre three cylinder churns out 96 kW and 230 N.m of torque, while the flagship auto only 1.6 produces 121 kW and 240 N.m of torque.
On the diesel front, the entry-level 1.6 BlueHDi comes in two outputs with a five-speed manual standard on the 73 kW / 254 N.m model, and a six-speed manual or six-speed auto available on the 88 kW / 300 N.m model. Rounding the range off, the flagship 2.0 BlueHDi also comes in two states of tune with 110 kW and 370 N.m of torque, and 133 kW and 400 N.m respectively. A six-speed manual is standard on the former with a similar ratio auto the sole option on the latter.
The 5008 is expected to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month.
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