Peugeot's rather unconventional take on vehicle design can be best described as quirky. But their recent models are certainly head turners – whether it's the compact 208 or the flagship 508 sedan. Now, even their crossovers are getting the same design treatment. Following the reveal of the redesigned 3008, the French automaker has also launched the facelifted 2021 5008 and it looks good.
The 5008's design is akin to that of other Peugeot models in the lineup. Upfront, the most obvious change is the “fang-shaped” LED daytime running lights which extend down to the bumper. Speaking of bumpers, the facelifted model has larger side intake vents and a revised lower lip. The grille has also been replaced with a frameless model that extends underneath the headlights. Interestingly, the “5008” badge is now located on the hood.
Apart from the new wheels, there doesn’t seem to be any other changes to the 5008’s exterior. The side and rear appear to have been carried over from the out-going model LED headlights and taillights come standard on the higher end trim. Meanwhile, the GT and GT Pack variants get a different front grille design paired with larger 19-inch wheels.
Inside, the 5008 gets a host of upgrades as well. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard together with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Models equipped with an automatic transmission now have various driving modes to choose from -- Normal, Sport, and Eco modes. There’s also an advanced traction control system that optimizes grip without the need for a four-wheel-drive system.
Technology-wise, the 5008 now comes with adaptive cruise control, night vision system, and automatic emergency braking to name a few.
When it comes to powertrain choices, customers have four options to choose from – two diesel and two gasoline. The most powerful of the bunch is the 2.0-liter diesel mill which produces 180 HP with 400 Nm torque and is paired to an 8-speed automatic. The other diesel mill is a 1.5-liter engine that outputs 130 HP and 300 Nm torque.
On the gasoline side, the options include a turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine producing produce 130 HP and 230 Nm torque, and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 180 HP and 250 Nm.
The 2021 Peugeot 5008 is set to go on sale in Europe later this year. As such, expect the updated model to arrive in the country sometime in 2021.