The French magazine L’Automobile has published before anyone else the first image of the restyled Peugeot 2008. It will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show. At first, it seemed to be only a rendering, but the very same image started to appear in other websites a while later, what leads us to think L’Automobile has either obtained a leaked image or has broken the press embargo.
The Peugeot 2008 has been a hit in Europe ever since it was launched, in 2013, but has not repeated the same successful career in other markets, such as the Brazilian. Mostly because of a poor strategy. It should have an automatic gearbox for the most sophisticated version, the Griffe, equipped with a 127 kW 1.6 THP flex engine. It does not. The automatic transmission is only available for the weakest engine, and it is a mere 4-speed gearbox… It should have a stronger engine for its entry-level version, but it uses a 90 kW 1.6 unit.
Put that along a bad reputation for its dealers and an appearance that is not so rugged as the one the Jeep Renegade presents, for example, and you have the poor sales it has presented so far.
The 2008 is 4.16 m long, 1.74 m wide, 1.58 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.54 m. Its weight varies from 1,183 kg to 1,231 kg. Its trunk can carry up to 285 l of luggage. The restyle 2008 brings dark plastic frames applied around its wheel arches, what makes them look bigger than they actually are. The front grille is more projected to the front in its upper part, a resource to make its appearance squarer and more rugged.
The interior is just about the same, as you can see. These changes must be enough for the 2008 to keep on selling well in Europe. In other markets, such as Brazil, it will need a load more changes in order to succeed. A 6-speed automatic gearbox for the THP version and a stronger entry-level engine would be most welcome.