Big­ger sib­ling is a stylish, re­fined and spa­cious SUV

MO­TOR SHOW/ Peu­geot used the Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing at Kyalami to un­veil its 5008 SUV, writes Ler­ato Matebese

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

Ayear ago, Peu­geot SA launched its then new 3008 com­pact SUV, which im­pressed the mo­tor­ing me­dia and the pub­lic, with its sharp new de­sign that dis­pensed with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion’s MPV, mom­my­mo­bile looks and ex­e­cu­tion.

Ar­guably its big­gest im­prove­ment was the in­te­rior, which fea­tured more piz­zazz and a con­tem­po­rary look that took the fight straight to the pre­mium league of the seg­ment.

Now, the French mar­que has con­tin­ued on that tra­jec­tory by un­veil­ing the new 5008 SUV which is, in essence, a 3008 with an ex­tra row of rear seats to of­fer a seven-seater con­fig­u­ra­tion. The wheel­base has in­creased by 165mm, while the over­all length of the ve­hi­cle has in­creased by 190mm (4.64m over­all length) over the 3008, giv­ing the rear­most pas­sen­gers 60mm of knee room.

Thanks to clever pack­ag­ing, the sec­ond row of seats — with three in­di­vid­ual seats — can be moved for­ward or back­wards or re­moved; ditto for the two rear­most seats. Boot space with the third row of seats folded is 780l and can be ex­panded to 1,080l with the sec­ond row of seats folded.

Although en­gine spec­i­fi­ca­tions are still to be con­firmed, we can ex­pect th­ese to mir­ror those of the 3008. This means that the 1.6l turbo petrol and 2.0l tur­bod­iesel paired with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or au­to­matic will likely be on of­fer when the model is launched here in Novem­ber when in­dica­tive pric­ing will also be an­nounced.

It will come in three trim lev­els in­clud­ing the en­try Ac­tive, in­ter­me­di­ate Al­lure and the flag­ship GT-Line vari­ant.

The 5008 will come stan­dard with func­tions like the Mir­ror Screen and 3D nav­i­ga­tion to ful­fil the driver’s need to re­main connected while at the wheel. The Mir­ror Screen func­tion dis­plays a copy of your smart­phone screen to the ve­hi­cle’s touch­screen for easy app ac­cess. It is com­pat­i­ble with Mir­rorLink (An­droid), An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Carplay (iPhone 5 and later). Press­ing a but­ton on the steer­ing wheel ac­ti­vates smart­phone voice recog­ni­tion (An­droid S-Voice or Ap­ple Siri).

The model will also come with a suite of safety equip­ment, but this will likely be of­fered in the GT Line spec­i­fi­ca­tion and will fea­ture items such as Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing Sys­tem and Dis­tance Alert sys­tems, Ac­tive Lane Keep­ing As­sis­tance, Driver at­ten­tion warn­ing, Smart Beam As­sis­tance, Speed sign recog­ni­tion and speed sug­ges­tion, Adap­tive cruise control with stop fea­ture (au­to­matic gear­box), Ac­tive blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing and Vi­sio Park.

The com­pany says the new EMP2 (Ef­fi­cient Mod­u­lar Plat­form) brings the per­fect bal­ance be­tween mass, strength and func­tion­al­ity to a ve­hi­cle that weighs 95kg less than the pre­vi­ous 5008. If our ex­pe­ri­ence of the 3008 is any­thing to go by, then the big­ger sib­ling should also of­fer a more dy­namic dis­po­si­tion than its pre­de­ces­sor.

As com­pact SUV buy­ers look for more ver­sa­tile of­fer­ings (read: seven seats), both the 5008 and the Volk­swa­gen Tiguan Allspace of­fer a more stylish and re­fined propo­si­tion than the bakkie-based al­ter­na­tives such as the Ford Ever­est, Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner for sim­i­lar money.

The Peu­geot 5008 will fea­ture a sim­i­lar vis­age to its 3008 sib­ling.

Those slim LED rear lights lend it a pre­mium look. Above left: That avi­a­tion in­spired i-cock­pit is still one of the coolest in the busi­ness.

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