It was always going to be hard for Peugeot to follow the blind-man-can-see-it neon paint of the 2008 Concept car – which was seared onto our retinas in Paris last year – but that doesn't mean the production version of the CUV here in Geneva is unattractive. The rather more sane white paint still covers pert, attractive lines on the new French crossover, and the Peugeot folks certainly have high hopes that European shoppers will feel good about it, too.

The Peugeot 2008 is a B-Segment follow-up to the automaker's larger 3008 CUV, and is set to go on sale in the spring of this year. The 2008 will be offered in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and is therefore a pretty big deal for the recently struggling Peugeot.

The goal of the 2008 is to offer a package that is usefully sized for urban environments, but with enough flexibility for customers that travel outside city streets. To that end, Peugeot has equipped the front-drive crossover with its Grip Control system, which allows for terrain and condition specific programming by the driver. Standard, Snow, All-Terrain and Sand modes all provide distinct operational programming to maximize traction.

Engines will be of both three- and four-cylinder configurations, with many options of both gasoline- and diesel-burning varieties. The gas engines will range in output from 82 to 130 horsepower, while diesel offerings will muster from 68 to 115 horsepower. The most efficient of the diesel engines will offer a heroic 61.8 miles per gallon on the European combined cycle.

There's much more to discover about the Peugeot 2008, in the extraordinarily detailed press release that follows on below. Don't miss the launch video, either, which features a poppy soundtrack and loads of French people running.

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2008, the new urban crossover set to attract global customers

With the 2008, the Marque capitalises on its expertise acquired with the success of the 3008 Crossover to create an innovative vehicle for the B segment. Set to go on sale in spring 2013, it joins in the dynamic of the offensive successfully initiated by the 208.

Peugeot innovates by designing the first urban crossover that is easy, exciting and brings an enhanced driving experience:

- An innovative cockpit, structured around the small steering wheel, combining high-quality instrumentation and touch screen – as is the strategy for the brands products,

- A dynamic behaviour synonymous with enjoyment, with Peugeot's ride and handling expertise, - Freedom to go on mixed terrain due to raised ground clearance, protection and Grip Control.

"In the 2008, the Marque has the vehicle which will secure its leadership in the segment in Europe and which will win new customers in Asia and Latin America."
Maxime Picat, Director General, Peugeot Automobiles

"With the 2008, Peugeot is continuing its products offensive and capitalises on the success of the 3008 by launching a new crossover, urban and innovative, set to win over an international clientele"
Xavier Peugeot, Peugeot Product Director

An international concept

On all continents, the world is changing, becoming more urbanised. The new generation of people love the city as much as they like to escape from it. Dynamic, flexible, they move constantly from one configuration to another life. Regardless of their continent, they are looking for products to enhance their image and enchant their lives.

With this in mind, the brand has developed a specification of ambitious targets. The crossover by Peugeot combines a unique driving experience, with strong design and benefits of use. The challenge was to integrate this DNA design across three geographic areas for a vehicle for a global clientele. The 2008 sold in Europe is produced in the factory in Mulhouse (France).

At just 4.16m long and 1.74m wide, 2008 innovates by combining uniquely exciting driving, the robustness of an SUV with the practicality of space, comfort and modularity so to enjoy each moment. Equally at home in town and on the road, it can escape the restrictions of a city with confidence and ease due to its enhanced traction of Grip Control.

Customers demand style, driving pleasure, functionality and good quality. The teams in France, China and Brazil have worked together to make these the DNA of the 2008!"
Brigitte Courtehoux, Director, 2008 Project

A unique style for a new territory

The 2008 reinvents the standards of large volume vehicles in the small car segment. Innovative from first glance, it successfully merges the worlds. The strong stylistic trend affirms its identity contributing to practicality, volume and driving experience.

2008 has the ability to merge world cultures to offer a design that can exceed customer expectations." Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Design Director

Creating the 2008 has been a real challenge but we had a very precise idea of the vehicle that we wanted to offer customers. The style brought to life in an early phase did not require any major modifications up until production. The very first sketch was perfect."
Eric Dejou, 2008 Style Manager

With its raised posture, the 2008 runs on 'Mud&Snow' tyres and 17'' alloy wheels in a matt finish. The special shape of the wheel arch surrounds give the 2008 a good stance of clear capability. The black bumpers and body sills protect it, together with stainless steel front and rear off-road protection panels with chromed side mouldings.

The front face adopts the stylistic codes of the Marque. The components are adjusted precisely, all surplus material removed. Finely sculpted, the bonnet demonstrates the protection, strength and lightness of the 2008. The floating grille is cut from a block and is set upright with an expression which is both refined and full of power. The innovative headlamps are designed precisely to the technical functions. Sharp, they act with the bodywork to outline a cat's pupil. Sculpted, they are one with the front face, giving it an even more expressive, technological and individual character. This look is emphasised by LED day running lamps. The bonnet and wings complete this reassuring impression of precision, protection and strength, yet still lightweight.

The new urban crossover has very elegant and sophisticated sculpted wings and sides, indicating clear athletic qualities. The generous glazed surfaces, including the panoramic roof, promise a spacious interior open to its surroundings. The rear elegantly combines strength with dynamism. The boot volume, with a low loading sill, has above it a roof with dynamic curves, inspired by the RCZ. The wide tailgate is framed by lamps secured solidly to the bodywork. Floating inside their housing, the three luminous claws lit at their base by LEDs appear suspended.

The dynamic and elegant movement of the roof is also a feature of the profile. A roof wave emerges above the rear seats and sets the scene for an exclusive decoration as if cut into the metal. As if crimped to the bodywork, it is the origin of the spoiler in an extension of the same part, on the surface. The precise design of the roof bars puts the finishing touches to the concepts of dynamism and leisure expressed by the 2008.

An innovative driving experience in the crossover segment

From first glance, the interior of the 2008 takes its driver on a journey along new roads. Grip Control dial and aircraft type handbrake arranged on an exclusive console, new Brundy trim with an earthy tone ... the driver is transported in an elegant ambiance with striking colour schemes. A true invitation to touch, the fascia capping is covered in a silky material. Satin chrome parts brighten this space: vents, handbrake lever, small steering wheel lower decoration, gear lever knob ears, touch screen trims (more detailed information on page 9).

On the higher levels, two versions of the console are available. The first offers paint of very intense depth, combining mat and metallic flecks. The second has a network of graduated fine lines. This design is obtained by means of a very precise laser engraving process. The fascia trim, the front and rear door crossbars are also adorned with this design.

As on the outside, the light signature is a constituent part of the passenger compartment of the 2008. So the atmosphere on board is like no other. Ideally placed in the line of vision, the head up dials on the higher versions are surrounded with blue LED backlighting whereas they are chromed on the other versions.

The panoramic glass roof, fitted with its electric shutter, allows natural light into the passenger compartment. When the lights are switched on, the LED guides emit a dimmed blue light. However, even with the steel roof, the 2008 offers a unique light signature. In fact, it innovates with a roof adorned with motifs of a very precise design obtained by laser engraving. At night, the Peugeot LED Track is lit with a soft white light emitted by LEDs.

The2008 offers a truly new concept - its bold design combines the elegance and dynamism of Peugeot's new hatchbacks, the impertinence and strength of a modern SUV but also the versatility of a small vehicle of large volume." Pierre Authier, head of Style of the 208/2008 range
We wanted to create an exceptional on board space for our customers which takes care of all the occupants and offers them new sensations. The unique ergonomics of the instruments and controls, the careful choice of materials, the quality of assembly, the light ambience ... the 2008 stimulates the senses." Agnès Tesson Faget, 2008 Product Project Manager

With the international success of the 3008, Peugeot acquired extensive expertise in the crossover which it has decided to combine with its driving experience expertise. The 2008 benefits from benchmark handling in the segment being the first crossover with the driving characteristics of a hatchback. Anticipating the road thanks to his high position, the driver controls the vehicle by means of a small steering wheel. As the reactive steering provides consistent information about the road, he places the 2008 with precision and agility.

The suspension and wheels have been adjusted precisely to take advantage of the limited weight of 1045kg. The fine-tuning related to the pseudo-McPherson front axle and the rear suspension with deformable crossmember with springs and dampers which have been specially calibrated, as has the power steering. So, the 2008 achieves an excellent combination of comfort, stability and dynamism. The driver can therefore take pleasure in reactive driving while guaranteeing the comfort of his passengers.

Grip Control for improved traction

This system patented by the Group optimises traction in conditions of poor grip. It combines with the 16cm ground clearance an advanced traction control system and 'Mud&Snow'; tyres, fitted on wheel rims of distinctive style combining a diamond cut finish and a matt finish.

Versatile and flexible, Grip Control adapts to the terrain encountered by acting on the front wheels with the driver always in control. Indeed, they can decide at any time to select from Standard mode using the dial located on the centre console, for: Snow, Off-Road, Sand, ESP Off conditions.

On the 2008, Grip Control (full description on page 10) is available with two sizes of tyres: 215/60 R16 or 205/50 R17.

Park Assist, making parking a pleasure

By automating parking manoeuvres, this technological equipment exploits the compactness of the 2008 to make moving around town easier. After activating the function, the driver selects the manoeuvre to be carried out on the touch screen, parallel parking on the left or right-hand side of the road. Then the ultrasound measures the spaces to indicate to the driver the first space available. The Park Assist then parks the vehicle by action of the electric power steering, the driver no longer having to do anything but check the progress of his vehicle and surrounding objects.

To leave the space, nothing could be easier. Simply call on the intelligence of the Park Assist once more, even on a hill thanks to the Hill Assist function, available on all engines with the exception of the 1.4-litre e-HDi 68 and the 1.2-litre VTi 82 5-speed manual.
With the Grip Control, the driver immediately wants to make the most of the 2008 off the beaten track. For the customer, Grip Control offers additional features without additional fuel consumption." Francis Delion, Peugeot Customer Synthesis

The 2008 is also ...

Safety of the highest level: primary, secondary and tertiary

In a vehicle, safety begins with a comfortably seated driver, at one with his environment. The intuitive architecture of the 2008's instruments and controls has been developed to achieve this objective. The small steering wheel is the symbol of this; it illustrates the ease of taking control of the 2008 and the driving precision. The head up instrument panel reduces the time needed to obtain information. The large 7" touch screen, at the driver's fingertips, minimises commands for control of the audio/navigation. The driver can also count on the cruise control-speed limiter which is standard on all versions, on the chassis adjustments and on a range of other equipment. The 2008 creates an alliance never experienced until now, combining safety, reactive driving and ease.

All versions of the 2008 are fitted as standard with an ESP, disconnectable up to 50km/h / 30mph, which combines several functions: anti-skid regulation (ASR), stability control (CDS), emergency braking assistance (EBA) and electronic brake force distribution (EBFD). The whole acts on four brake discs regardless of the version chosen. However, they are adapted to the different engines for improved characteristics (performance and durability). So, at the front, the ventilated discs are of two different sizes: 266 x 22mm and 283 x 26mm for the most powerful versions. At the rear, the range is equipped with non-ventilated discs of 249 x 9mm.

The structure of the 2008 is designed for optimum deformation in the event of an impact. In this case it diffuses the energy in the force channels which guarantee the integrity of the passenger compartment. The occupants are protected by a set of six airbags– two front, two side, two curtain. The side air bags are installed in the front seat backs. So, the front occupants are provided with optimum protection, regardless of the adjustment of the seats. For the safety of children, the passenger's front airbag can be disconnected to permit the installation of a "rear facing" child seat while the rear side seats are equipped with Isofix mountings with three fixing points.

The active footrest and the collapsible steering column contribute to the protection of the driver, while the connection between the front doors and the centre pillar is guaranteed by a retention pin.

The 2008 also benefits from the Marque's leadership in terms of tertiary safety. When equipped with the Independent Telematic Unit, the urban crossover offers the Peugeot Connect SOS and Peugeot Connect Assistance services free of charge and with no time limit. In the event of an incident, the vehicle is geolocated and the assistance process triggered.

Since its launch in 2003, more than 760,000 Peugeot vehicles in 10 European countries have been equipped with these services. They have permitted rapid attendance of the emergency services in more than 6,500 serious situations.

A large volume, easy to use

With its wheelbase of 2.54m, the 2008 offers interior characteristics of a high level. The rear passengers have a generous amount of space, thanks to the thinner front seat backs, and a 12v socket for the connection of a portable device. Without leaving their seat, they can access the boot even when the vehicle is moving. To permit this, the front part of the load space cover pivots.

From the outside, access to the large boot is just as easy with a large rectangular opening and a low loading sill, just 60cm high, trimmed with a brushed stainless steel protector. The 1/3-2/3 modular bench seat allows you to change the volume from 360 to 1194dm3, of which 22dm3 are under the floor, with a single gesture. One press on the control at the top of the rear seat back is all it takes to fold the seat back, the seat cushion retracts automatically.

To make handling objects easier, the floor has five rails which run from the sill to the front seats. Six chromed hooks allow them to be secured safely. Practical down to the smallest detail, the boot offers two storage areas on the sides, with a retaining strap and a storage net, and an additional space of 22-litres under the boot mat.
Wherever they are sitting, passengers find numerous storage compartments, well designed and easy to locate thanks to the front and rear courtesy lamps: front door trays, glove box, tray and can holder near the gear lever, console closed storage compartment, pockets on the front seat backs .... In total, the storage volume is 24-litres. So, keys, smartphones and other everyday objects always find a place in the 2008.

An efficient range of engines

Taking advantage of the light-weight design, aerodynamic silhouette and the wide range of engines makes it possible to have low fuel consumption and low emissions from just 3.8 l/100km / 61.8mpg and CO2 from 98g/km (detailed description on page 11).

The expertise and technological innovation of the Group – introduction of the Stop&Start on the petrol engines, Diesel e-HDi engines, new generation 3-cylinder petrol engines – position the 2008 as the leader in its segment by successfully combining protection of the environment and driving pleasure.

The 2008 is truly multi-talented. It combines the concepts for new sensations while offering benchmark low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With both petrol and diesel engines, the 2008 starts with CO2 at less than 100g /km!" Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot Product Range Director

New generation 3-cylinder petrol engines

Designed entirely by the Group, the new generation of 3-cylinder petrol engines has already proved its efficiency in terms of consumption and emissions of CO2. But it is also compact and light with, for the 1.2 VTi, a reduction of 21kg compared to a 4-cylinder engine of equivalent power.

A complete Stop&Start range: e-VTi petrol and e-HDi Diesel

This technology was introduced successfully by the e-HDi engines on the 508 and 308 before being popularised by the 208. Today, the e-VTi engines launched by the 2008 allow customers choosing petrol to enjoy the same benefits.

Fitted on both the petrol and Diesel engines, this technology, which reduces consumption and increases the comfort of use, is now available on 6 of the 9 engines of the 2008 range.

The 1.2 e-VTi is coupled with a development of the automated gearbox which offers a creep-drive function and reduces CO2 emissions to only 99g/km. For Diesel, the range starts at 98g/km.

New Turbocharged 3-cylinder engines

In the months following its launch, the engine range will be expanded versions of the supercharged three-cylinder gasoline engine. Two power levels are available; 1.2-litre e-THP 110 and 1.2-litre e- THP 130 offer smooth driving characteristics, due mostly to its high torque, respectively of 205 and 230Nm.

With a high degree of technical sophistication, the 1.2-litre e-THP is 12kg lighter, compared to a 4- cylinder naturally aspirated equivalent engine, even though it has a turbo, a larger cooling system and that it offers performance with 45% more torque. The fuel consumption improvement is between 15 and 20%, depending on the version.

Present in nearly 160 countries, with more than 10,000 points of contact, Peugeot combines rigorous design, appeal and passion in all its activities.

In 2012, the Marque achieved 1,700,000 sales worldwide, reinforced its position as the 4th marque in Europe, accelerated its internationalisation in the major growth markets and continued its range enhancement. Peugeot is reaffirming its environmental commitment by introducing diesel micro-hybridation and the powering of three HYbrid4 models using innovative full diesel hybrid technology.
Peugeot is the only marque to offer a complete mobility product range with cars and utility vehicles, scooters, bicycles and a wide range of services, including the Mu mobility service.

Stop&Start allows the 2008 to offer excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions while retaining a high level of driving pleasure. The six engines fitted with this system start with CO2 at only 98g/km for diesel and 99g/km for petrol." Eric Tomietto, Stop&Start Project Manager

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On-board connectivity, Peugeot Connect Apps

Leader in the field of mobility services, the Marque has mobilised its expertise to create the new generation of connected services which make the everyday life of the motorist easier. Plug&Play, Peugeot Connect Apps offers rapid and fluid use thanks to 3G data communication. It operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day in all of the 17 countries covered with no additional roaming charges.

With Peugeot Connect Apps, the driver travels with complete autonomy and freedom in his environment: traffic, parking spaces, tourist attractions, weather conditions, popular addresses... he has easy access to useful information. In fact, the intuitiveness of Peugeot Connect Apps offers navigation with the minimum number of actions. In addition, the information is provided at two levels. The first, when the vehicle is stationary, permits full access to all the functions. The second is activated automatically when the vehicle is moving and limits access to the functions.

Furthermore, certain applications can only be used when the vehicle is stationary.
The eleven applications (MyPeugeot, Michelin Traffic, Michelin Guide, Michelin Travel, ViaMichelin, Fuel, Parking, Tellmewhere, Weather, PagesJaunes, Trip Advisor) are intelligent. They use the vehicle data such as the current speed, the mileage, the range, the GPS position. In the future, Peugeot Connect Apps will have an app store where the user will find social networks, email, tyre inflation and washing service as well as games, a calculator and Wikipedia.

The customer will also be able to configure his MyPeugeot personal space from his computer thanks to an off-board portal.

Grip Control for enhanced traction

Versatile and smooth, it acts regardless of the type of terrain encountered on the front wheels, but the driver is always in control. He can, in fact, decide at any time to allow the intelligence of this equipment to act in Standard mode or select, using the dial on the centre console, the mode that he wishes to use. In total, five modes are available:

- The Standard mode is intended for normal road conditions and a low level of skidding.

- The Snow mode instantly adapts the skidding of each of the driving wheels to the conditions of grip encountered. As soon as the vehicle speed reaches 50km/h / 30mph, the system switches to Standard mode.

Peugeot Connect Apps brings the automobile into a new age and confirms the Marque's leadership in the field of connected services. The driver see his everyday life transformed, made easier."

Hubert Tourny, Project Manager Peugeot Connected Services

The All-Terrain mode allows you to drive with complete peace of mind on slippery ground (mud, wet grass ...). It ensures that the vehicle can move off in these particular conditions by transferring as much torque as possible to the gripping wheel. Acting as a limited slip differential, it is particularly suited to tracks and is active up to 80km/h / 50mph.

- The Sand mode maintains skidding on the two driving wheels simultaneously to allow the vehicle to move on unstable ground and limit the risk of getting stuck in the sand. The mode operates up to 120km/h / 75mph then switches to Standard mode.

- The ESP Off mode allows the driver the freedom to disconnect the ESP and the Grip Control completely, up to 50km/h / 30mph, and to control the traction entirely independently.

The Grip Control widens the scope of use of the 2008 due to improved traction on various types of terrain without adding any weight. In fact, these traction features usually require mechanical systems. The Grip Control, however, operates using the electronic components already present on the vehicle.

Grip Control can broaden the use of 2008 due to increased traction on different terrains without adding weight. In fact, these services usually require four-wheel drive drivetrain systems. Grip Control works through the electronic components already fitted to the vehicle. In 2008, Grip Control is available in two sizes of tyres: 215/60 R16 or 205/50 R17.

Efficient engine range

Taking advantage of the lightweight design, streamlined silhouette and a wide range of engines enables it to have low fuel consumption and excellent low CO2 emissions: from 3.8 l/100km / 58.8mpg and only 98g/km. Expertise and technological innovation with a 3-cylinder petrol, new generation Stop & Start, the introduction on petrol engines, diesel e-HDi help position 2008 as the segment leader in combining environmental targets and retaining high levels of driving pleasure.

With the Grip Control, the driver immediately wants to take 2008 off the beaten track. For the client, the Control Grip provides additional benefits without excessive fuel consumption."
Francis Delion, Synthesis Peugeot Clients

The 2008 is truly multi-talented. It combines the concepts for new sensations while offering benchmark low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With both petrol and diesel engines, the 2008 starts with CO2 emissions at less than 100g/km!" Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot Product Range Director

2008 petrol range 1:
- 1.2 l e-VTi 60kW (82bhp)2; 118Nm, 5-speed piloted gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 99g/km,
- 1.2 l VTi 60kW (82bhp); 118Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 114g/km,
- 1.2 l e-THP 81kW (110bhp)2; 205Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 104g/km,
- 1.6 l VTi 88kW (120bhp); 160Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 135g/km,
- 1.2 l e-THP 96kW (130bhp)2; 230Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 109g/km.
2008 diesel range 1:
- 1.4 l HDi PEF 50kW (68bhp), 160Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox; CO2: 104g/km i.e. 4.0 l/100km /
58.8mpg in the Combined Drive Cycle,
- 1.6 l e-HDi PEF 68kW (92bhp), 230Nm, 6-speed piloted gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 98g/km i.e. 3.8
l/100km / 61.8mpg in the Combined Drive Cycle,
- 1.6 l e-HDi PEF 68kW (92bhp), 230Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 103g/km i.e.
4.0 l/100km / 58.8mpg in the Combined Drive Cycle,
- 1.6 l e-HDi PEF 84kW (115bhp), 270Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox, Stop&Start; CO2: 106g/km i.e.
4.0 l/100km / 58.8mpg in the Combined Drive Cycle.

3-cylinder gasoline engine of new generation

Entirely designed by the Group, the new generation of 3-cylinder petrol engine has already proved its efficiency in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. But it is also compact and lightweight for the 1.2-litre VTi, a gain of 21kg over a 4-cylinder engine of equivalent power.

To achieve this result, the engine designers used the very best technology. So, for a 30% reduction in losses due to friction, which represent approximately 1/5th of the power consumed by an engine, this family of engines uses:

- a Diamond Like Carbon coating on the gudgeon pins, piston rings and tappets,
- pistons with liner offset by 6.9mm,
- an oil-bathed timing belt integrated in a sump, which also contributes to the quiet operation.

With the same aim, the thermo-management allows the optimum operating temperature to be reached more quickly thanks to the Split Cooling. On starting, with the engine cold, the coolant only circulates in the cylinder head to heat it on contact with the exhaust. Then, once the ideal temperature has been reached, the cooling system opens in the direction of the radiator and engine base.

Combustion has been optimised by improving the aerodynamics of the chamber (inlet ducts, piston tops) and by adapting the ignition to operation with a high rate of residual gas (IGR). The aluminium alloy cylinder head has four valves per cylinder, multipoint indirect injection, continuously variable timing at the inlet and at the exhaust (VTT).

1 Engines currently being approved 2 Engines available at a later date

This cylinder head incorporates other developments. Thanks to the Lost Mould Process (PMP), which the Charleville factory is one of the very few to master, the cylinder head of the EB engines has a number of attached parts reduced to a level which is currently unequalled.

The exhaust manifold, the cooling outlet module and the engine mounting are integrated in the cylinder head. This contributes to the rapid increase to the engine operating temperature by permitting contact between the coolant and the exhaust manifold for an optimum exchange of calories. Being 6kg lighter, this extremely technological cylinder head contributes to reducing the overall weight of the engine.

The 1.2-litre VTi engine adds to the efficiency a high degree of pleasure, in terms of both vibration and sound. The first is treated by a high inertia single engine flywheel and a counter-rotating balancing shaft. The quality of the sound has been treated by making the crankcase more rigid to reduce the transfer of noise and by a resonator, installed at the inlet, to absorb unpleasant acoustic frequencies. Finally, the exhaust line has a special intermediate silencer.

Naturally efficient, this new generation of engines sees its performance increased by the introduction of turbocharging coupled with direct injection and the Stop&Start.

Combined with the efficient architecture of the 2008, the Stop&Start offers consumption which stands out from the competition. In fact, it restarts almost instantly, with no noise or vibration, which encourages the driver to maximise the time spent with the engine off. In addition, it covers temperatures from -5°C to +35°C, a wider range than the competitors' solutions.

Supported by an alternator control system (Volt Control) to recover energy on deceleration and by a hybrid battery to store and deliver additional energy on starting (e-booster), the Stop&Start uses a reversible alternator on the e-HDi and a reinforced starter on the e-VTi to:

- reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% when driving in town,
- restart quickly (400ms),
- activate an engine switch-off from 20km/h / 12mph with a manual gearbox (8km/h / 5mph for an
EGC gearbox) on the e-HDi, 0km/h / 0mph on the e-VTi,
- increase the pleasure of use (quiet operation, no vibration).
If they want to, the driver can deactivate the Stop&Start function at any time by pressing a button on the fascia.

Stop&Start allows the 2008 to offer excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions while retaining a high level of driving pleasure. The six engines fitted with this system start with CO2 at only 98g/km for diesel and 99g/km for petrol." Eric Tomietto, Stop&Start Project Manager

Fitted on both the petrol and Diesel engines, this technology, which reduces fuel consumption and increases the comfort of use, is now available on six of the nine engines of the 2008 range.

The 1.2 e-VTi is coupled with a development of the automated gearbox which offers a creep-drive function and reduces CO2 emissions to only 99g/km. For Diesel, the range starts at 98g/km.

New Turbocharged 3-cylinder engines

In the months following its launch, the engine range will be expanded versions of the supercharged three-cylinder gasoline engine. Two power levels are available; 1.2-litre e-THP 110 and 1.2-litre e- THP 130 offer smooth driving characteristics, due mostly to its high torque, respectively of 205 and 230Nm.

With a high degree of technical sophistication, the 1.2-litre e-THP is 12kg lighter, compared to a 4- cylinder naturally aspirated equivalent engine, even though it has a turbo, a larger cooling system and that it offers performance with 45% more torque. The fuel consumption improvement is between 15% and 20%, depending on the version.

This engine anticipates Euro6 and adopts high pressure injection, 200 bars. To optimise combustion, the fuel is sprayed in very fine droplets thanks to injectors the six holes of which are made by Laser Drilling. They are arranged as close as possible to the spark plugs in the centre of the combustion chamber, performance linked with the extreme compactness of the cylinder head.

The high performance achieved by this engine requires appropriate thermo-management. So, it uses a piloted thermostat for a rapid increase in temperature followed by precise regulation. The cylinder jackets are referred to as hybrid; each is covered with an aluminium coating which, when inserted in the block, it lightly melted. After cooling, the optimum adhesion between block and jackets permits improved thermal transfer.

Personalisation and accessories to suit your taste

A personalisation range gives the option of styling the exterior and interior of the 2008. Called Downtown, this range is inspired by the theme of the 2008 Concept. The stickers have a network of black strips in contrast with very modern flash colours: yellow, pink, orange... So, it is possible to change the appearance of the body sills, roof bars, grille, mirror shells, rear door decoration, vents, centre console, instrument panel visor, opening control trims, etc. This range is completed by a special 17" wheel with sequential diamond cutting and wheel caps picked out with colour.

The range of accessories consists of numerous items allowing you to create your own 2008. So, alloy wheels – 15, 16 and 17'' – and chromed mirror shells enhance the elegance and refinement of the compact crossover by Peugeot.

To make the most of its capabilities, a special range of transportation solutions has been developed. Complete, it includes, for example, a towbar which can be removed without tools and secure roof bars which can accommodate a bicycle carrier, a ski carrier, as well as roof boxes. These, which are new, open on both side for easy loading in all circumstances.

With the Isofix mounting on the rear seats, the child seats, embroidered with the name of the Marque, are ideal for their protection. Finally, to keep them entertained, a universal multimedia support which is installed on the head restraint can accommodate screens up to 13".

Numerous other accessories are offered to fulfil the requirements of the purchaser.

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