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2020 Peugeot 2008 available with electric, petrol or hybrid powertrains…it could come here

The 2020 Peugeot 2008 which is being studied for introduction into Australia will follow the path set by the 208 with its multiple powertrain options and mirror that of the Hyundai Ioniq.

Like Hyundai with its Ioniq, Peugeot will offer its new 2008 with three powertrains (as it’s also done with the new 208), electric, petrol or diesel. The only thing missing is a plug-in hybrid variant. The new 2008 will go on-sale in Europe in 2020 and is being studied for introduction into Australia.

Following the 208, the 2008 gets Peugeot’s latest 3D i-Cockpit “with hologram technology and a state-of-the art head-up display, increasing driver reaction times”.

2020 Peugeot 2008

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But it’s the powertrain choices that are the headline grabbers for the new compact SUV and particularly the electric motor. The e-2008 as it’s called gets a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery which, according to WLTP testing offers a driving range of around 300km.

Capable of supporting 100kW rapid charging technology, an 80% charge will take just 30 minutes, while a full charge using conventional 7.4kW and 11kW fast chargers will take between eight hours and five hours, respectively. A full charge from a domestic plug will take up to 20 hours. Ouch.

2020 Peugeot 2008

The 50kWh battery is positioned under the floor of the all-new e-2008 SUV, so there’s no compromise to boot (360 litres) or interior space whichever powertrain is selected. The new 2008 measures 14cm longer than the current car, so, expect more interior room.

The e-2008 will offer two forms of energy recovery. By selecting ‘Drive’ recovery from the drive selector will feel like a regular vehicle, while ‘Brake’ provides more regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator for that, almost one-pedal car feeling.

A series of unique styling cues help set the all-new e-2008 SUV apart from its siblings, including, among other things, a sparkling dichroic Lion emblem, with reflections alternating between green and blue depending on the angle of view, an “e” monogram on the front side panel and tailgate.

To encourage uptake of the electric 2008, Peugeot has announced new services, including an at-home or office charging solution, and public charging via Free2Move (in Europe). Peugeot is also offering things like access to a trip planner based around electric charging outlets, a mobility pass which will give owners access to a regular internal combustion vehicle for longer journeys, and coaching tools for getting the most out of their electric vehicle.

Besides the electric 2008, conventional petrol and diesel variants will be offered with either a 1.2L PureTech petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel. There will be a choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic depending on the vehicle.

2020 Peugeot 2008

And Peugeot isn’t skimping on safety features, with the 2008 getting Drive Assist: which allows for semi-autonomous driving. This comprises of Lane Positioning Assist and Lane Departure Warning; and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go (in 8-speed automatic only). It also offers Full Park Assist: Which takes over entering and leaving a parking space. The system can leave just 60cm of space between cars. Of course, autonomous emergency braking will also be fitted and will work up to speeds more than 100km/h, with lane-keep assist able to keep the vehicle centred about 50km/h.

Available in Active, Allure, GT Line and GT trim levels, GT Line and GT models will be set apart with the following styling cues:

  • Full LED rear lights with three-claw signature;
  • Diamond cut aerodynamic 18-inch aluminium wheels with coloured inserts; and
  • Interior with black trim and Adamite colour stitching, mood lighting, dynamic seats and aluminium pedals.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.