Facelifted baby SUV sees a styling, tech and drivetrain upgrade

The new-look 2017 Peugeot 2008 has arrived in Australia, with the more muscled looking mini SUV axing its diesel engine offering and adding new safety and technology equipment.

The new model range is a petrol only affair, with the brand’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission aimed at appealing squarely at the majority of front-wheel-drive SUV buyers.

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The engine replaces the old non-turbo four-cylinder auto model, which was always felt to sell the 2008 short. The new engine may have a smaller capacity and fewer cylinders, and while it has a little less power (81kW compared to 88kW) it has notably more torque (205Nm vs 160Nm), which helps it be 0.6 seconds quicker from 0-100km/h.

The new drivetrain uses a claimed 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres, which is 1.7L/100km better than the existing atmo four-cylinder.

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The model range is made up of the base model Active variant, priced from $26,490 plus on-road costs, the mid-range Allure (from $30,990 plus on-road costs) and the flagship GT-Line, whichis listed at $32,990 plus on-road costs. The high-spec diesel Outdoor manual model has been axed.

Peugeot is already offering drive-away deals on the new-look 2008, with the Active base model on sale from $29,990, the mid-range Allure from $35,000, and the top-spec GT-Line from $35,990.

All three models have a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Siri voice control. A rear-view camera and rear parking sensors are standard, too, while higher-spec models gain autonomous emergency braking and more. See below for a breakdown of what the differences are spec-by-spec.

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Styling wise, the revised 2008 sees the adoption of the brand’s family look, with a more pronounced grille, more angular bumper and revised headlights and tail-lights. The GT-Line model stands out from the other models with extra body cladding, black exterior highlights and more.

2017 Peugeot 2008 specifications by model:

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Active:

Tokyo cloth trim

16-inch alloy wheels

Roof bars

Rear spoiler

Touchscreen media with Apple CarPlay

Rear-view camera

Rear parking sensors

Front fog-lights

Rear fog-lights

Cruise control with speed limiter

Leather multifunction steering wheel

Cooled centre console

Full size spare wheel

Tyre pressure monitoring

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Allure (adds over Active):

Mixed trim seats

Low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB)

Semi-automated parking system

Front parking sensors

Satellite navigation

17-inch alloy wheels

Fog-lights with cornering function

GripControl extended traction control system

Automatic wipers

Automatic headlights

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Rear tinted windows

Dual-zone climate control

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GT-Line (adds over Allure):

Mesh/cloth trim with contrasting stitching

Red highlights for door handles

Red stitched leather steering wheel

Redline theme for the infotainment system

Red LED instrument cluster surround

Alloy doorsill trims

Alloy sports pedals

Black roof-rails

Black rear door trim

Black mirror housings

Black rear spoiler

Model-specific front bumper

Model-specific rear bumper

Chrome exhaust tips

Gloss black grille surround

Red Peugeot exterior badge lettering

Machined-faced 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels

2017 Peugeot 2008 pricing, plus on-road costs:

Active - $26,490 (+$1000)

Allure - $30,990 (no change)

GT-Line - $32,990 (no change compared to Outdoor manual diesel)

Option costs:

Metallic paint - $990 on all models

Pearlescent paint - $1050 on all models

Cielo panoramic roof - $1000 on Allure and GT-Line only

Satellite navigation - $1500 on Active only

Leather trim - $2200 on Allure and GT-Line only