Peugeot has confirmed it will reveal a new concept at next month’s Frankfurt motor show that promises to be both “dynamic and authentic”.
If you’re hoping for more details or a teaser image, you’re out of luck – for now, at least – but you might extract a hint or two from the company’s short quote.
“Dynamic” suggests we could expect an active concept of the sports variety, although a new-generation SUV would be a more obvious direction.
Peugeot’s current SUV range is showing its age, and Peugeot CEO Carlos Tavares has already hinted that we shouldn’t expect a replacement for the RCZ or any other type of purpose-built sports car. (But, as carmakers change direction as often as the wind, we may yet see the company revisit the coupe market.)
An SUV, then? Seems likely, and carmakers aren’t beyond latching onto the “dynamic” buzzword for new road-going SUV models – the “S” does stand for “sports”, after all.
If Peugeot is hinting at a new high-riding concept, there’s at least two SUVs in the range that are nearing retirement: the 3008 and the 4008.
The 3008 first hit the scene in 2008, riding on the same PF2 platform that underpins a number of Peugeot and Citroen’s older models. A replacement is bound to be right around the corner.
The 4008, built on the same platform that underpins Mitsubishi’s volume-selling ASX, first appeared in 2011, suggesting that a replacement could indeed be previewed next month ahead of a market debut in late 2016 or early 2017.
And, as PSA Peugeot Citroen continues to reposition the lion brand as a near-premium player, a new architecture for the hugely popular SUV market is likely to be a top priority for the brand.
Expect those to include replacements for the 4008 and 3008, along with a new 2008 and an even smaller 1008 model.
For now, though, we can only speculate as to what we’ll see in Frankfurt next month. Still, the other half of Peugeot’s teaser quote – ”authentic” – suggests that whatever’s heading to Frankfurt, will move to production not long after.
Watch this space.