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
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 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.
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
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.