Official photos and details of the Peugeot 2008 concept – due to be unveiled at this month’s 2012 Paris motor show – have been released just a day after identical images leaked online.
The fluorescent matt yellow Peugeot 2008 concept features a unique tune of the company’s new 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which debuted in the all-new Peugeot 208 city car.
The direct-injection 1.2-litre unit is said to combine 81kW of power with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Measuring 4140mm long and 1740mm wide – 245mm shorter and 91mm narrower than an Audi Q3 – the compact SUV features dark chrome details, a ‘floating grille’, and a roof spoiler and roof bars constructed of aluminium.
Taking inspiration from the Peugeot SXC concept car shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2011, the new 2008 concept is intended to merge the style and ideas behind the 208 and 3008 crossover to create “a small vehicle combining agility, compactness, versatility and a striking style for young-minded city dwellers who love the city, while also loving to escape from it”.
Peugeot says the 2008 has its own unique identity born out of the marriage of the elegance and refinement of hatchbacks, and the impertinence and mischievousness of SUVs.
The Peugeot 2008 concept will start production in France in 2013 ahead of being manufactured in China, with Brazil to follow later as it tackles the strong field of rival compact SUVs such as the all-new Ford EcoSport and Holden Trax/Opel Mokka.
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