• 2008 ‘urban crossover’ goes on sale in June
• Based on 208, but with raised ride height and chunky bodykit
• Prices expected to start at around £13,000

These are the first pictures of the new Peugeot 2008. Described by the company as an ‘urban crossover’, it is based on the 208 supermini and will go on sale in the UK in June.

At 4.16 metres long, it is almost the same size as the Nissan Juke and Peugeot says it combines the driving characteristics of a hatchback with the strengths of an SUV. Among its rivals will be the Juke, as well as the Vauxhall Mokka and forthcoming Ford Ecosport.

The 2008 is the company’s second crossover and it follows on from the 3008. Compared to the 208, the 2008 has a higher driving position and pronounced wheel arches, with black bumpers and body sills, as well as stainless steel front and rear body protection and side mouldings.

At the front, the car sports the new Peugeot face, enhanced with smart new headlights and LED running lights. Meanwhile, the rear roofline is inspired by the double-bubble roof of the RCZ coupe, while the 2008 also comes with roof bars and the option of a panoramic sunroof to make the cabin more airy.

Full details of the engine range are yet to be announced, but it will certainly include the three-cylinder and e-HDi engines from the 208, meaning that the range’s CO2 emissions start at 99g/km. Despite the car’s looks, there will be no four-wheel drive version, but buyers will have the option of ‘Grip Control’, essentially an advanced traction control system which will give the car more ability in tricky conditions.

Buyers will have their first chance to see the new car in the flesh at the Geneva Show in March, and first deliveries are expected in the late summer. Order books will open in June, and prices are expected to start at around £13,000.

By Andy Pringle

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