Peugeot hints at the strengths of its new, family-focussed, workhorse which is a radical departure from predecessor.
New 5008 to be revealed at Paris Motor Show
The all-new, 2017, Peugeot 5008 is a sports-utility vehicle that makes its world début at the forthcoming, 2016, Paris Motor Show. Details are sketchy, but the term “sports-utility” emphasises that it is a significant departure from its predecessor. The current 5008 is, after all, a softer looking, multi-purpose class, vehicle.
On this basis, the new version has styling traits typical of the muscular, sports-utility, class. Highlights include its horizontal bonnet, vertical face and high body that look “imposing”, Peugeot said. It measures 4.64 metres so is longer than a Peugeot 308 – a small family class hatch - yet shorter than the 508 (large family).
The 5008 retains the practicality typical of the multi-purpose class, however. Strengths include 7, separate, seats so there is no traditional, bench-style, set-up. Other features – some of which might not be standard on every car - include a front passenger seat that folds flat to make it possible to carry cargo 3.2 metres long.
Furthermore, the middle row of seats incorporate “length and inclination” adjustment, the motor manufacturer explained. The third, rear, row is versatile too. Its seats can either be positioned for passengers, folded into the floor of the boot to increase cargo capacity or taken out to make the boot larger still.
The 5008 has the “i-Cockpit” that includes a compact steering wheel that is slightly flat. Also, the 12.3”, high resolution, digital screen replaces the traditional instrument cluster – although probably not on every trim as standard. It enables motorists to pick what information is shown. Satellite navigation, for example.
The i-Cockpit also has a 8”, touchscreen, interface that sits towards the centre of the dashboard. Teaser shots – that reveal at least some versions have a start/stop button and electric parking brake - suggest it controls the ventilation system and confirms the time and temperature. The screen likely has numerous functions.
The 5008 incorporates petrol and diesel power plants. Peugeot has not revealed full specifications, but some have extremely low carbon emissions to minimise the impact on the environment and the price of Vehicle Excise Duty. The most efficient petrol and diesel engines emit carbon at a rate of 117g/km and 108g/km, respectively.
Trims and equipment
New, 2017, Peugeot 5008 trims are: Active, Allure, then the sportier GT Line and GT. It is not clear which trims have what equipment, but there is a wide range available. Highlights include:
- automatic emergency braking (brakes if the motorist fails to respond to a hazard);
- hill-decent control (maintains a steady speed on steep, off-road, slopes);
- speed sign recognition (reads traffic signs then confirms the speed limit via symbols on the dashboard);
- adaptive cruise control (automatically maintains speed, slows if forced to by traffic, then speeds up when the road clears);
- active blind spot monitor (warns the driver if a vehicle is concealed by part of the bodywork).