Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co, Anton Andres | posted July 31, 2015 12:24
Hatchback driving meets SUV practicality with the Peugeot 2008
Eurobrands Distributor Inc., (EDI), the official importer of Peugeot vehicles in the country, recently introduced the 2008 mini crossover at McKinley Hill, Taguig City. Designed by the automaker for the ever-evolving urban environment, the 2008 incorporates the DNA of a crossover, stylish exterior design, and everyday practicality.
Measuring 4,159mm long, 1,739mm wide and 1,556mm tall, the 2008 according to Peugeot, successfully merges the compact car and small SUV segment. With a high driving position and relatively spacious cabin, the 2008 has the driving characteristics of a hatchback and the strength of a mini SUV added Peugeot.
Seen at the front is the brand's current design language. Seemingly borrowing some styling cues from the 208 GTi hot hatch, the 2008 has a 'smiling' front end that is paired with Peugeot's 'floating grill', tapered headlights and a sculpted hood.
The side has flared wheel arches, a defined beltline that runs across the entire length of the car and a 'kicked-up' roofline that was derived from the RCZ sports coupe. The 2008's rear on the other hand features a contoured tailgate along with Peugeot's distinct taillight design that flanks the rear quarters. It also has a roof-mounted spoiler and a rear black bumper that give it a sporty yet rugged appearance.
Immediately seen inside the 2008 is the i-Cockpit, Peugeot's version of a driver-oriented cabin. With a commanding view of the road, raised instrument dials and a high center console that comes with a touchscreen infotainment system (Bluetooth and USB ready), the i-Cockpit makes for easier manipulation of the controls while driving according to the company. In addition, the seats are upholstered in leather while the cabin itself is trimmed in hues of black, gray and beige.
Perhaps the centerpiece of the 2008's interior is the panoramic 'Cielo' glass roof that also features ambient LED lighting for added sophistication and flair for the occupants.
Providing power to the front wheels is a 1.6-liter gasoline-fed inline-four that puts out 120 PS along with 160 Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox that comes with a manual override.
Other features that come standard on the Peugeot 2008 include: 6 airbags (driver, front passenger, 2 side airbags, 2 curtain airbags), electronic stability, hill-start assist (HSA), anti-lock brakes (ABS), parking sensors, electric rear child locks, dual zone automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and regulator and an air-conditioned glove box with lighting.
Available colors for the Peugeot 2008 are: Artense Gray, Bianca White, Cumulus Gray, Dakota Brown, Nera Black and Virtual Blue.
Peugeot 2008 1.6L AT Allure – PhP 1,390,000