Peugeot 4008 AWD SUV at Geneva Motor Show

Peugeot 4008 AWD SUV at Geneva Motor Show
Automobiles Peugeot has released details and specifications of the all-new 4008 SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Australia and New Zealand will be two of the first markets to receive the 4008 with production starting next month.

“The 4008 allows Peugeot access to the ever expanding compact SUV segment with a product that’s perfectly suited to today’s active consumer,’’ said Peugeot Automobiles Australia General Manager, Ken Thomas.

“Available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions, the 4008 caters to all buyers in the market and, with competitive pricing we believe it has the ability to increase Peugeot sales by 20 per cent.’’

The all-new 4008 will enter one of the most competitive segments of the market in Australia with a price tag sub-30K.

Firmly rooted in the world of the SUV, the 4008 combines strength, power and driving safety in all circumstances. Thanks to its four-wheel drive, which is always available, it gives a feeling of freedom and greater peace of mind when driving.

Comfortable, compact and manoeuvrable, the 4008 SUV is also at home in the urban environment.

The Peugeot stylists wanted to give the 4008, born out of the PSA Group & Mitsubishi partnership, a strong personality firmly rooted in the world of the Marque.

All exterior panels, except the doors are unique to the 4008 and styled by Peugeot. The off-road character has been emphasised by adopting a vertical design of grille, the inclusion of body sill protectors and prominent wheel arch protection trims, to accommodate large wheels enhanced by the sophisticated design of the wheel rims.

The almost-horizontal bonnet grooves and the style line – which extends to the rear wing where it descends again crossing the lamp – are a distinctive feature and appear to hollow out along the body side, accentuating the strong and dynamic aspect of the 4008.

The interior ambiance is enhanced by the choice of materials, like the soft texture fascia, to the instrument panel visor and the lacquered black decoration of the centre console.

The Peugeot steering wheel is padded or leather trimmed and permits control of the audio functions, cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free kit.

The 4008 sits on the same size wheelbase as the 4007 but is 30cm shorter – measuring 4340mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1630mm in height.

Globally, there are four engines on offer – a 1.6-litre (86kW/152Nm) four cylinder petrol with a five-speed manual gearbox, a 2.0-litre (113kW/198Nm), four cylinder with a five-speed manual or CVT, a – 1.6-litre HDi (84kW/270Nm) – 280Nm with Overboost – mated to a six-speed manual and a 1.8-litre HDi (110kW/300Nm) four cylinder turbo diesel with a six-speed manual transmission.

To optimise consumption, the STOP & START system is available on both diesels and the 1.6-litre petrol.

With the 1.6-litre petrol and both HDi diesel engines, the 4008 achieves record environmental performance in the segment. From 119g/km of CO2 in 4X2 and 129g/km in 4X4 mode with the 1.6 HDi engine and from 135g/km with the 1.6-petrol engine, the 4008 is economical to run, particularly given its low consumption from 4.6L/100 km in 4X2 mode and 4.9L/100km in 4X4 mode.

Final Australian specification and pricing will be announced closer to the 4008’s on-sale date in June.