PARIS -- Peugeot will add a battery-electric version of its new 2008 and a revised interior with more digital features in an effort to reach the top rung of the rapidly growing small SUV/crossover segment.
The new generation 2008 is slightly larger than its predecessor, with an overall length of 4,300 mm compared with 4,159 mm for the current model. Its more-angular styling reflects Peugeot's other two crossovers, the compact 3008 and midsize 5008, both of which have been sales successes.
Inside, the 2008 offers many of the same upgrades as the 208 small hatchback, which had its public debut at the Geneva auto show in March.
The 2009's interior has been redesigned around Peugeot's i-Cockpit, which positions a smaller steering wheel below the level of the instrument panel for better visibility. The instrument panel is now digital, with the option of having alerts appear as three-dimensional. The central touchscreen can be ordered in a 10-inch diagonal size, and many functions can be activated by voice command.
Driving aids include Drive Assist, which combines active cruise control and lane positioning to allow nearly hands-free cruising. Park Assist manages the steering while parallel parking, provided there is at least 60 cm of extra space. Automatic emergency braking now distinguishes between pedestrians and cyclists, Peugeot says.
The 2008's internal-combustion powertrain options include a three-cylinder 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 100 hp, 130 hp or 155 hp; and a four-cylinder 1.5-liter diesel with 100 hp or 130 hp.