IT’S a Peugeot kind of day, with the French car maker revealing the new 2020 208 hatch ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show, while it’s Australian arm has launched a special edition of the 3008 and 5008 SUV.
Of more significance, there’s an electric version of the 208, as well as petrol and diesel options, with the new version of the compact hatch gaining a fresh, upmarket look. It will also be the first model to get the new generation i-Cockpit.
That upgraded technology package will deliver a 3D head-up display and myriad of driving aids normally reserved for higher market segments. Likewise, it’s the first model to sit on the company’s common modular platform, or CMP.
The new platform is 30kg ligher, offers improved aerodynamics, reduced roll resistance, and is optimised for use with various power plants and drive trains, including the new e-208 plug-in electric model.
It’s powered by a 100kW electric engine developing 260Nm of torque and offers a central technology display system and three drive modes (Eco, Normal and Sport). It can be fully charged in five hours with a phase III wall box, or 16 hours via standard power outlets.
In the case combustion variants, three petrol and one diesel engine are expected to be offered, with all petrol variants featuring an 8-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model will come with a manual option.
Peugeot has also confirmed there will be a GT-line and GT version, and two new colours; Faro Yellow and Vertigo Blue. The model range will also include the Like, Active and Allure, with the new 208 offered in a total of five specification levels.
The 2020 Peugeot 208 compact hatch will officially hit the market in September or October 2019. An Australian launch date, local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to its arrival down under.
At the same time, Peugeot Australia has launched 100 upgraded versions of its 3008 (60 examples) and 5008 (40 examples) SUV. Tagged as the Crossway Edition, it gets a premium Focal 10-speaker 515 watt audio system with sub-woofer.
But the concert hall quality sound system is just the start, with full Alcantara trim with emerald stitching, a Crossway branding pack (badging, b-pillar motif and floor mats in the 5008), and a black diamond roof and chrome pack.
In a quirky nod to the unique nature of Peugeot, the badging features a four-point compass with longitude and latitude co-ordinates for the factory where the special edition is manufactured
The Crossway Edition versions of the 2019 Peugeot 3008 and 5008 are available in Emerald Green, Artense Grey, Platinum Silver and Gust Blue. The 3008 is priced at $43,490 plus on-roads, while the 5008 is $46,990, again plus on-roads.
It’s available now, nationally.