Peugeot has pulled the covers off its first foray into the compact crossover segment with its new 4008 model. The small SUV is scheduled for a global reveal next March at the Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in select markets from May 2012.
The 4008 will find a place in the Peugeot range below the larger 3008 and 4007 models and is based on the Mitsubishi ASX. It is the latest in a string of collaborations after the PSA Peugeot-Citroën group formed an agreement with Mitsubishi in early 2010.
Initially, the new crossover will be made available with four engines but we may not see all of them here in NZ. There’s an even split of two petrol and two diesel units. The petrol engines include a 1.6-litre unit producing 87kW and 152 Nm of torque, and a larger 2.0-litre with 112kW and 198Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a CVT auto optional with the 2.0-litre motor.
The HDi turbo diesel engines are either a 1.6-litre mill with 84kW and 270 Nm of torque and a 1.8-litre with 112KW and 300Nm of torque, both engines will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox initially.
The 4008 will be built in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configurations. The AWD system can be switched between three settings; 2WD for fuel economy, 4WD when more traction is required and LOCK for off road duties.
Peugeot has said the 4008 will be sold in Europe with only the diesel engines and four-wheel drive on offer. Other global markets should have access to the entry model front wheel drive models and petrol powered variants.