Peugeot has given its new 5008 an SUV design, moving away from the minivan styling of the current model to meet rising demand for high-riding vehicles.
"We opted for a pure SUV design instead of the previous multipurpose look because that is what customers want," a Peugeot spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe.
The compact model adds 110mm in length, making it roomier for passengers, Peugeot said in a statement. It will offer up to seven seats. The two seats in the third row can be removed or folded flat to boost cargo space.
The 5008 will be sold with seven seats as standard or as a five-seat model with an optional extra two seats depending on the market, Peugeot said. "For example in France, the choice was made to offer only the seven-seat version, knowing that it is very easy to remove the two seats in the trunk," the spokeswoman said.
The 5008 is underpinned by PSA Group's EMP2 platform like the new 3008, which has also been given SUV styling.
The 5008 will offer what Peugeot says are premium-segment extras including "body hugging" front seats with an optional massage system and a large panoramic opening glass roof. It will offer Peugeot's latest i-Cockpit, which includes a small steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch high-resolution head-up display.
Its Mirror Link function allows the infotainment system to be connected with Android or Apple smart phones displays.
The SUV is also equipped with PSA's Advanced Grip Control electronically enhanced front-wheel-drive system for off-road driving.
Like the 3008, the 5008 will have an optional electric bike or scooter that folds up into the trunk where it charges.
Peugeot said the 5008 will have its latest gasoline and diesel engines without going into detail except to say that CO2 emissions are as low as 117 grams per km for the most fuel efficient gasoline unit and 108g/km for the diesel.
The 5008 will have its public debut at the Paris auto show on Sept. 29. Sales start in Europe in the spring.
The 5008 will be built at PSA Group's plant in Rennes, western France, moving from the automaker's factory in Sochaux, France, where the 3008 will continue to be built. Besides the same platform, the 5008 and 3008 share their central bodies including doors. Automakers usually build models with many common features in the same plant to save on tooling and to increase production flexibility depending on sales demand.
Peugeot sold 16,959 units of the 5008 in Europe in the first half, up 1.7 percent, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.