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by Brett Davis

Australia and New Zealand will be the first markets in the world to introduce the all-new Peugeot 4008 after the small SUV makes its debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

Production of the Mitsubishi ASX-based 4008 will commence next month, with Australian deliveries set to start in June.

Globally, the Peugeot 4008 will be available in front- and four-wheel-drive layouts, and with four different powertains, including petrol and diesel options.

Kicking off at the entry point is the 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, producing 86kW and 152Nm. It is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Next up is the 1.6 HDi turbo-diesel producing 84kW and 270Nm, which is available with a six-speed manual.

Making up the flagship petrol is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 113kW and 198Nm, available with a five-speed manual or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). A 1.8-litre HDi is the flagship diesel, producing 110kW and 300Nm, and teamed with a six-speed manual transmission.

Peugeot Australia is yet to confirm the details of its 4008 line-up, although the petrol CVT model will be offered, and the 1.8-litre diesel is also likely.

Peugeot says the new model has the potential to increase Peugeot sales in Australia by as much as 20 per cent, thanks to its funky design and, according to Peugeot, very competitive price.

Full details and pricing information will be released closer to the 4008’s local launch.




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