The facelifted 2017 Peugeot 2008 will arrive next month with a new look, more equipment and a revised model range.
Launching in late-February, the new 2008 has been updated with the French company's new corporate look, picking up a new grille, revised 'feline look' head- and tail-lights, along with a new top-spec GT-Line variant - replacing the outgoing Outdoor trim.
All models get a rear-view camera, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a new Aisin six-speed automatic transmission as standard - replacing the previously-standard five-speed manual, and optional four-speed automatic.
The entry-level Active variant is also equipped with 'Tokyo cloth trim', 16-inch alloy wheels (with a space-saver spare), single-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, electric folding door mirrors, front and rear fog-lights, cruise control with speed limiter, leather multifunction steering wheel and a cooled centre console compartment.
Stepping up to the Allure grade adds a self-parking assistant, city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), satellite navigation, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights with cornering function, off-road inspired Grip Control mode, automatic wipers and headlights, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control and 'Tokyo' TEP/cloth-trimmed seats.
Finally, the flagship GT-Line (pictured) adds sporty elements like 'Dynamic' TEP/mesh cloth seat trim with contrasting red stitching, red highlights for the interior door handles, seat belts and handbrake, upgraded leather steering wheel with red stitching, 'Redline' theme for the infotainment system, alloy door sill trim, alloy sports pedals, red LED instrument panel surround, 'Perla Nera' black highlights for the roof rails, rear door trim, spoiler and mirror shells, model-specific rear bumper treatment with chrome exhaust tips, along with a gloss-black grille surround with red Peugeot lettering.
Under the bonnet across the range is a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, developing 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque. The new mill, already found in the Peugeot 308 among others, replaces an 88kW/160Nm naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine.
The change also means there is now no diesel option in the 2008 line-up, which previously offered 68kW and 230Nm in the top-spec Outdoor model.
Kau Bruesewitz, general manager for Peugeot Australia, said the updated 2008 will be the first of several SUV launches for the French brand in Australia in 2017.
“We are very excited about the introduction of the new-look 2008 range as it signals a significant year for the Peugeot SUV stable with the all-new 3008 and 5008 following hot on the 2008’s heels," he said.
This statement confirms the launch of the new 5008 in Australia - Peugeot's first seven-seat SUV - which was previously 'under consideration' for our market, though timing is still to be detailed.
Meanwhile, the mid-size 3008 has already been confirmed for a first-quarter launch this year - so expect it to arrive before the end of April.
Expect pricing for the 2017 Peugeot 2008 range closer to the model's late-February launch.