The new 2008 compact crossover was designed and developed targeting several international markets, from Europe to Asia and Latin America.
The new model will be offered with the same choice of engines as the new 208, including the new e-HDi Diesel and 3-cylinder gasoline units.
The design of the 2008 is based on the Urban Crossover Concept, presented in 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show.
|Left: the new 2008; right: the 2012 Urban Crossover Concept|
Compared to it, the production model has lost some of the more concept-esque elements such as the LED headlamps, the thin, sharp side mirrors, the hidden door handles and the rear exhausts.
Nevertheless, it has maintained the main proportions and stance, the overall sculpted surfacing and the distinctively shaped roof, which hints at a double bubble feature and incorporates an original element above the rear side windows drawing inspiration from modern off-roaders.
Below we report some design details, selected from the official document.
The black bumpers and body sills serve to protect it from abrasions with the addition of front and rear body protection and side moldings in stainless steel.
The front face adopts the latest Peugeot style codes, with panel fit and features working together seamlessly and precisely.
The hood features sculpted lines that hint at lightness, strength and protection, while the ‘floating grille’ face has a solidity of form with vertical elements to harness aerodynamic performance and efficiency.
The innovative headlamps reflect their technical functions: they have a sharp design that gives the front end an expressive and individual character, and along with the bodywork they suggest the outline appearance of a cat’s pupil.
This look is emphasized by LED daytime running lights.
Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Style Director, explains: “The 2008 has succeeded in merging worlds and cultures to offer a style which goes beyond customer expectations.”
This new urban crossover has sculpted wings and sides, indicating athletic qualities.
The generous glazed surfaces, including the panoramic roof available on some models, allow for a spacious interior open to its surroundings.
The rear also combines strength with dynamism. The trunk volume, with a low loading sill, has above it a roofline with dynamic curves, inspired by the double-bubble roofline of the desirable RCZ Sports Coupé.
The rear lights appear to be floating inside their housing and the three luminous claws are lit at their base by LEDs that appear suspended.
The contoured and elegant roofline design style is most prominent in profile view.
The roof has a wave-line that rises above the rear seat position and sets the scene as a characteristic feature of the 2008. The roofline optimizes aerodynamic performance with an integrated spoiler, extended over the top of the tailgate.