• Peugeot 2008 4×4/supermini crossover
• 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine in development
• On sale next year

The Peugeot 2008 was launched last weekend’s Paris Motor Show. The new Peugeot follows the recent trend for companies to delve into ever more niches, with the 2008 representing Peugeot’s first foray into the supermini/4×4 crossover category.

The new Peugeot aims to combine the high driving position of a 4×4 with the agility and parsimony of a supermini. It’s targeted at the young, urban professional market and has been styled in collaboration with design offices across the world, from Shanghai to Paris, to Sao Paulo. The different influences in the styling of the car can be seen in its heavily scalloped and blistered lines, which give the 2008 a solid, yet elegant look. The 2008 also gets the new Peugeot family ‘face’ with an over-sized mouth and badge, with ‘Peugeot’ emblazoned across the top of the grille.

Peugeot is currently developing a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which will make its debut in the 2008 which will utilise turbocharging and direct fuel injection to bring power up to around 110bhp, whilst still returning almost 60mpg.

The Nissan Juke will provide this car’s main rival. The forthcoming MINI Paceman, the Vauxhall Mokka and the Skoda Yeti will also provide stiff competition in this growing market.

The 2008 is set to go on sale in the UK next year. Prices are expected to start at £15,500, which is roughly equivalent to Nissan’s Juke.

By James Richardson

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