A significant departure from its MPV-styled predecessor, the all-new 5008 enters as the marque’s first large, seven-seat SUV.
With styling that is heavily inspired by the smaller 3008, the 5008 wears Peugeot’s new family face, with the lion badge sitting in the centre of the company’s trapezoidal front grille, in addition to off-road style elements such as the front skid plate and beefy black plastic cladding.
Out the back, the similarities continue with the ‘three-claw’ LED tail-light signature, squared-off bumpers and rising beltline. Two large, rectangular tailpipes are visible on the model pictured.
Like the recently-revealed Skoda Kodiaq, the 5008 is a new European player in the popular large seven-seat SUV segment, taking on the likes of established Japanese competitors in the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9.
Setting the 5008 apart from the pack will be its versatile interior, which retains qualities from its early days as an MPV, such as the three individual seats in the second row - each adjustable in length and inclination - two removable and separate folding seats in the third row.
Peugeot is claiming a class-leading load area for the new 5008, which boasts a 1060-litre boot with the second row in place - and that’s only measuring up to the window line.
Despite the huge luggage area, the 5008 measures just 4.64 metres in length, making it one of the smallest models in its class.
Its wheelbase of 2.84 metres, however, is longer than the physically larger Toyota Kluger’s (2.79m), though falls short of the Mazda CX-9’s 2.93-metre gap between the front and rear axles.
Up front, occupants are treated to the company’s i-Cockpit design, which features driver-oriented buttons and dials, an 8.0-inch central infotainment screen along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Powering the new French SUV are the latest Euro 6.1-compliant engines, with European customers offered the choice of two turbo petrol and two turbo-diesels in varying states of tune.
A 128bhp (95kW) 1.2-litre petrol is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the larger 163bhp (121kW) 1.6-litre petrol is auto only.
The oiler range consists of a 118bhp (88kW) 1.6-litre unit with either a six-speed manual or auto, along with a 2.0-litre that comes in 148bhp (110kW) and 178bhp (132kW) forms.
Unlike most of its rivals, however, the 5008 will not be available at launch in Europe with the option of all-wheel drive - for now, at least.
Equipment-wise the 5008 will be available with features such as massaging front seats, panoramic sunroof and an online satellite navigation system (yet to be confirmed for Oz).
Peugeot will also give customers the option of having an e-Kick or e-Bike integrated into the vehicle’s boot - the company’s electrically-assisted portable scooter and bike.
The 5008 will also offer some of the latest driver-assistance and safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), active lane-keeping assistance, driver fatigue monitor, automatic high beam, speed sign recognition with speed suggestion, adaptive cruise control with stop/start function, active blind spot monitoring, park assistant and a 360-degree camera system.
While final specifications haven’t been announced, in Europe the 5008 will be offered in a possible five-grade line-up, consisting of Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT models.
Peugeot’s first seven-seat SUV will be manufactured in Rennes, France, and presented to the public at the 2016 Paris motor show ahead of a 2017 international launch.
The company’s local arm is considering the 5008 for a mid-2017 launch in Australia, though it is not a confirmed starter at this stage.
Last month Kai Bruesewitz, Peugeot Australia’s general manager, said the smaller 3008 - due in the first quarter of 2017 - will be one of several all-new and refreshed models heading Down Under next year.
The 3008 is a definite starter next year, while the 5008 is likely to be the second candidate for the ‘all-new’ position. The facelifted 2008 will be one of the ‘refreshed’ offerings.
This leaves two more spots available for model refreshes, one of which is very likely to be the 308 spied testing this week, along with a possible refresh of the ageing Mitsubishi ASX-based 4008 SUV which hasn’t gone under the knife since its launch in 2012.
CarAdvice has contacted Peugeot’s local arm for further comment and is awaiting a response, so stay tuned for an update.
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