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by Tim Beissmann

Updated with new information from Peugeot Automobiles Australia.

The all-new 2012 Peugeot 4008 will go on sale in Australia around the middle of next year with a competitive sub-$30,000 price.

The Japanese-built Peugeot 4008 will be based on the Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV, and will sit below the Mitsubishi Outlander-based Peugeot 4007 and the smaller Peugeot 3008 in the French company’s local SUV line-up.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia’s Kirin Tipping said the new 4008 would be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in October. An international media launch will follow in March 2012, with an Australian introduction shortly after that.

Although it will share its underpinnings and some drivetrains with the ASX, Peugeot says there will be stronger differentiation between the 4008 and its sister car than the 4007-Outlander partnership.

Specific model details are still to be finalised, although we can confirm the 2.0-litre petrol engine (which produces 110kW and 197Nm in the ASX) will power the Australian Peugeot 4008 line-up from launch.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia’s Scott Williams said Peugeot was still deciding whether it will offer a diesel model, and said an automatic transmission was a must for this vehicle in Australia. He said Peugeot had a choice of the 1.8-litre engine from the ASX or a Peugeot-built diesel engine, likely to be a 1.6-litre unit.

The ASX utilises five- and six-speed manual transmissions as well as a continuously variable transmission, and Peugeot is expected to employ a selection of these in the new 4008.

Like the Mitsubishi, the 4008 will be produced in front- and all-wheel drive, and both body layouts will be sold in Australia.

Mr Williams suggested pricing would start below $30,000, but would come in above the ASX.

“Obviously it needs to be competitive with the Mitsubishi. Because of the design and trim enhancements and the Peugeot badge we will charge a small premium,” he said, adding that the 4008 would have a few extra “bit and bobs” the Mitsubishi didn’t have.

Mr Williams said the images in this article have been doing the rounds for years and suggested it was an “early iteration of the design”. He said the production model would look even better.

Stay tuned for more official details of the 2012 Peugeot 4008 as its unveiling and launch approach.




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