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2012 Geneva Motor Show
...and the Peugeot 4008 4x4 compact crossover SUV

Peugeot 4008 compact crossover SUV: front.

4008: an answer to the VW Tiguan. Hyundai ix35 and others. 

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Another new model to be presented as a world premiere at this year's Geneva auto show (8 to 18 March) is Peugeot's 4008 compact crossover SUV, the brother of the also new CitroŽn C4 Aircross, both based on the Mitsubishi ASX.

The Peugeot-CitroŽn group (PSA) and Mitsubishi Motors have other cooperation agreements, covering the Peugeot 4007 and CitroŽn C-Crosser which are based on the Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as the small Peugeot iOn and CitroŽn C-Zero which are the siblings of Mitsubishi's iMiEV.

Peugeot 4008 compact crossover SUV: rear.

The Peugeot 4008 will be available in 2WD and 4WD versions.

Peugeot says that the launch of the 4008 will be first outside Europe, where the French brand says that 70% of this segment's sales are achieved. It will be distributed in more than 50 countries.

Starting from April, the 4008 will be sold in Russia and the Ukraine, then in China, Australia, New Zealand , Argentina and in Europe from May.

Peugeot indicates that the platform of the 4008 is taken in part from the 4007's (just like the Mitsubishi ASX uses a modified Outlander platform). The 4008's body length (4.34m) is 30cm shorter than the 4007's (shorter front and rear overhangs), while the wheelbase remains the same at 2.67 metre, with a width of 1.80m  and height of 1.63m.

CitroŽn C4 Aircross, front.

CitroŽn C4 Aircross: twin brother of the Peugeot 4008 and new competitor for the new Range Rover Evoque, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, platform companion of the VW Tiguan.

As far as the transmission is concerned, the new compact crossover will be available in front-wheel or four-wheel drive versions. Peugeot believes that the latter will represent more than 80% of sales of the 4008, which will only be offered in a 4x4 version in certain countries, including Europe.

In the four-wheel drive version, the driver can select two-wheel drive (2WD), four-wheel drive (4WD) or LOCK. In the 4WD and LOCK positions, the distribution of the torque between the front and the rear is managed electronically. But in the LOCK mode, the four-wheel drive transmission becomes permanent, with even greater distribution of torque to the rear wheels.

The 4008 will get two petrol (gasoline) and two diesel engines. In Europe, it will be available with the two HDi diesel engines.

Petrol options:

  • 1.6-litre, 85 kW (116hp, 114 bhp) and 152 Nm (112 lb-ft), 5-speed manual;

  • 2.0-litre 113 kW (154hp, 152 bhp) and 198 Nm (146 lb-ft), 5-speed manual or CVT.

HDi Diesel options:

  • 1.6-litre HDi FAP 82 kW (111hp, 110 bhp), 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) or 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) with overboost 6-speed manual;

  • 1.8-litre HDi FAP 110 kW (150hp, 148 bhp), 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) 6-speed manual.

Peugeot says that the world market of all-terrain SUVs has been growing strongly since 2005, in particular in the C (compact, lower-medium) and D (mid-size, upper medium) segments, which in 4 years have almost doubled in Russia and tripled in Europe.

The French automaker adds that in Russia, all-terrain vehicles have long represented a fifth of the market, the majority being vehicles of the compact SUV segment C.

In China and in Western Europe, the market share of SUVs has reached ten per cent, in different styles and variations. In Europe, the market share of the C and D segment SUVs is increasing at the expense of the larger, heavier, dearer and more consuming E segment models.


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