The arrival of the all-new Peugeot 4008 marks the launch of the marque's first fully-fledged sports utility vehicle with four-wheel drive in South Africa.
Combining the latest Peugeot styling cues with a comprehensively equipped interior and rugged all-terrain underpinnings, this is truly a Peugeot for all driving conditions.
The 4008 joins the 3008 in Peugeot's portfolio of versatile, multi-purpose vehicles, with the 3008 placing the emphasis on its crossover character, while the 4008's focus Is on all-terrain capability and SUV style.
The combination of a raised stance, composed proportions and reduced front and rear overhangs all point to a vehicle with dynamic capabilities on and off the road, while the Peugeot identity is unmistakably expressed via key design elements.
These include the trademark floating grille and the shape of the headlights, further underlined by the curved LED daytime running lights. Functional styling cues include the large wheels, bold wheel arch extensions, and body sill protectors.
The interior follows the same theme of linked elegance and functionality. High-grade materials, soft-touch finishes and metallic accents abound, ensuring an ambience focussed on style and comfort.
Efficient ergonomics allow an unequivocal interface between the 4008 and its driver. Deep-set instrument dials, a multifunction display and a soft-trimmed steering wheel with integrated controls for the cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free telephony and the sound system ensure instant familiarity and overall control.
Under the skin, the 4008 benefits from the technological partnership between Peugeot and Mitsubishi. The all-wheel drive system links versatility with competence, and offers a choice of drive modes to allow optimised operation in a variety of conditions.
The new 4008 is powered by a normally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine. The four-cylinder unit combines efficiency with low-down response and overall tractability. Rated maximum power output is 110kW at 6000rpm, linked to a torque peak of 197Nm at 4200rpm. A six-speed CVT gearbox comes as standard.
The 4008 is offered locally in all-wheel drive form only. The all-wheel drive system offers a choice of three driving modes: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and locked four-wheel drive. These modes are driver selectable via a rotary controller on the centre console.
The Peugeot 4008 accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 10.9 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 188km/h. It has a claimed combined-cycle fuel consumption of 8.1 litres per 100km, while CO2 emissions are rated at 191 g/km.
The 4008 is offered in two specification levels - Active and Allure. Both models have USB and Bluetooth connectivity, seven airbags, climate control, auto-activated headlights and windscreen wipers, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Allure adds a full-length Cielo glass panoramic roof, roof bars, leather upholstery, and heated and electrically adjustable seats.
"The arrival of the 4008 allows Peugeot to participate in the growing compact SUV market for the first time," says Francis Harnie, managing director of Peugeot South Africa. "It's a particularly popular segment in SA, where active and outdoor lifestyles favour the versatility and all-terrain capability of an SUV."
"While our 3008 focuses on versatility and practicality in the two-wheel drive context, and also offers a diesel derivative, the 4008 now brings true 4x4 capability to the Peugeot family."
4008 2.0 CVT Active: R363 900
4008 2.0 CVT Allure: R388 500
A five-year or 100 000km warranty is standard on all Peugeot 4008 models, together with a five-year or 100 000km full maintenance plan. The purchase price also includes five years of free emergency roadside assistance.