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by Brett Davis

After many spy images and previews, Peugeot has finally unveiled the new Peugeot 4008 SUV based on the Mitsubishi ASX. The new Peugeot 4008 isn’t set to make an official world debut until next year’s Geneva Motor Show, but Peugeot has decided to pull the wraps off early.

Upon first impressions, the new Peugeot 4008 does look quite good, far detached from the Mitsubishi ASX counterpart. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ASX, the 4008 is simply in tune with Peugeot’s latest design philosophy, offering a “strong Peugeot identity and palpable European style”.

At the front, there’s LED daytime running lights, swish new aggressively styled headlights and a sophisticated new front fasica and grille layout providing Peugeot’s latest visual signature.

While at the back the smart character is continued, although less detailed, incorporated bulged rear haunches supporting Peugeot’s feline theme.

Under the bonnet, the Peugeot 4008 will come with the option of two petrol and two diesel engines. A 1.6-litre four cylinder petrol producing 85kW and 152Nm, while a higher spec version will feature a 2.0-litre petrol four cylinder producing 113kW and 198Nm.

Diesel engine options will comprise of a 1.6-litre HDi FAP turbocharged four cylinder producing 82kW and 270Nm, or 280Nm on overboost, while a higher spec version will consist of a 1.8-litre HDi FAP turbocharged four cylinder producing 110kW and 300Nm.

The petrol versions will come with a five-speed manual, or an optional CVT transmission for the higher spec 2.0-litre variant, while the diesels will both come with a six-speed manual transmission. All versions will also come with a three-stage drive system including 2WD, 4WD, and LOCK mode which locks all four wheels.

Other features and highlights of the new Peugeot 4008 include an Open & Go system, 18-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen navigation system including a reversing camera, LED reading lamps, and a glass panoramic roof. Full specifications and equipment details will be released closer to its launch.

Australia will be one of the first markets to receive the new Peugeot 4008 when it arrives during the second quarter of 2012. It is expected to be priced at around $30,000. Stay tuned for official details.




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