Peu­geot con­fi­dent there’s room for a SUV

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING -

Peu­geot in SA, de­spite not log­ging the sales fig­ures it would like to, thinks there’s room in our mar­ket for an­other lux­ury seven-seater SUV.

The brand’s SA arm has is­sued a me­dia re­lease on the new 5008 SUV and has in­di­cated that the ve­hi­cle will be added to its line-up in the fourth quar­ter, which is around the cor­ner.

Ac­cord­ing to Peu­geot SA, the 5008 will ar­rive in 2.0 HDI form, fit­ted with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

This turbo-diesel churns out 110kW and 370Nm, and is likely to be of­fered in front-wheel-drive form only.

Petrol mod­els are of­fered in overseas markets, but it’s not yet clear whether these will make it to lo­cal shores.

Ex­pect Ac­tive and Allure trim lev­els to be of­fered in SA, with a flag­ship GT Line de­riv­a­tive also on the cards.

The seven-seater SUV boasts a sec­ond row com­pris­ing three (sep­a­rately fold­ing and tilt­ing) perches and a third row with two re­mov­able pews.

This con­fig­u­ra­tion re­sults in lug­gage space that Peu­geot says can be var­ied from 780 to 1 080 litres.

When Au­todealer tested the smaller 3008 SUV, it found the ve­hi­cle com­pared quite favourably with lux­ury cars such as the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport in terms of build qual­ity and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

It will prob­a­bly be the same with the 5008, the ve­hi­cle of­fer­ings be­ing on a par with sim­i­lar sized SUVs from pre­mium brands, but at a lower price.

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