The French car maker Peugeot launched its all-new Peugeot 2008 Crossover by going off-piste and demonstrating the capability of its Grip Control enhanced traction system by driving up and down an indoor snow slope in the Tamworth Snowdome. There were some raised eyebrows from? the motoring press when the test-drive route took them out of the sun and into a detour of the popular Staffordshire winter sports complex. This was the perfect place to demonstrate Peugeot’s High tech Grip Control System which made light work of the 14 degree snow covered incline. The traction system coupled with all weather tyres gives the vehicle extra grip in all terrains without the need for heavy four-wheel drive drive-train and comes with 5 different traction settings – Snow, Off-Road, Sand, Normal and Fully Off modes. The new Crossover is based on the 208 Supermini’s platform with an increased ground clearance, protective rugged body-styling to the lower body with the upper body of the car representing more of the standard 208 hatchback.
Although the car is obviously talented off road it is equally as happy in city traffic with a comfortable ride, good feedback from the sports steering wheel taken from the Peugeot 208 and a body size to make negotiating tight parking spaces trouble free. There’s extra space inside too with an increased roof height headroom is great and the boot is the largest in its class with 360 litres of space with the seats up increasing to 1,194 litre with the seats put down, there are also lots of storage spaces in the car for putting away odds and sods.
Four spec levels are available – The entry model “Access+” , “Active” , “Allure” and the top of the range “Feline” and all have been put together using high qualilty materials as Peugeot make it their mission to move their cars into the more upper end of the market. The Access+ model comes with Electric Windows, Air Conditioning (Manual), LED Daytime running lights, Cruise Control, ABS and Stability control system.Active benefits from additional Front fog lights, Alloy wheels, DAB Audio with USB and Bluetooth,? and Multifunction touchscreen. Rear parking sensors, automatic headlights/wipers and interior ambient lighting are added to the Allure with the range topping Feline also having Satnav and Panoramic rood along with the choice of luxury Calima or Mistral Ambiance trim.
The engines are the same as used in the 208, with a choice of 1.6-litre diesels and petrol units, a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol.? I would imagine the most popular power unit in the UK will be the three-pot and the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre 92PS diesel engine offering an impressive 70.6 miles per gallon.
Prices start from ?12,995 for the Access+ 1.2 petrol version and increase to ?19,195 for the Feline 1.6 diesel with Mistral Ambiance trim. The 2008 Crossover goes on sale in Peugeot showrooms across the UK in July.
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