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by Tim Beissmann

The Peugeot 2008 has been revealed in full ahead of its world premiere at next week’s 2013 Geneva motor show.

The all-new Peugeot 2008 promises to bring contemporary styling, a fuel-efficient engine line-up and a diverse range of personalisation options to the compact crossover market, when it goes on sale in Europe in the coming months and arrives in Australia during the final quarter of this year.

At 4160mm long and 1740mm wide, the 208 city car-based Peugeot 2008 is 180mm shorter and 100mm narrower than the Mitsubishi ASX-based Peugeot 4008.

As a result of its tighter dimensions, the 2008’s boot space (360 litres) is 56 litres smaller than the 4008, yet is one litre larger with the rear seats folded forwards (1194L).

A range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be offered from launch. The 61kW 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol and the 69kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engines lead the efficiency stakes, consuming 4.2 and 3.7 litres per 100km respectively, and both emitting fewer than 100g/km CO2.

A 97kW tune of the 1.2 petrol and an 86kW version of the 1.6 diesel top the tree in terms of peak power output.

Inherited from the larger Peugeot 3008 is the 2008’s Grip Control, which allows the driver to select between five modes – Standard, Snow, Off-Road, Sand and ESP Off – to optimise front-wheel traction according to the low-grip surface encountered. Automatic reverse parking will also be offered in the compact crossover range.

A seven-inch touchscreen is at the heart of the Peugeot 2008’s infotainment system, which is available with the Peugeot Connected Apps program, giving information about traffic and parking availability, tourist attractions and weather updates.

Personalisation options range from body decals in black, yellow, pink and orange; customised designs for the front grille, roof bars, wheel centres, mirror caps, centre console and instrument panel visor; and a range of styles for the 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Peugeot 2008 will be produced in Mulhouse, France.