Peugeot has pulled the covers off an all-new 5008, which will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before arriving in the UK next Spring.
The new 5008 is a change of direction from the previous model’s unfashionable MPV design, moving towards a more popular seven-seat crossover SUV format. This echoes a similar move with the brand’s 3008 model launched earlier this year, and creates a clear progression for Peugeot’s crossover family with 2008, 3008 and now 5008 models.
Peugeot claims that the new 5008 offers familiar MPV versatility despite its tough new image, with individually adjusting and folding centre-row seats, removable third-row seats and an optional foldable front passenger seat for transporting very long loads.
The new model has grown significantly in length over its predecessor. At 4.64m long, it is 19cm longer than the old 5008, and almost exactly the same length as its likely French rival, the new Renault Koleos which will be hitting the UK market at about the same time.
Like its smaller siblings, the new 5008 will not come with four-wheel-drive, relying instead on electronics to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Peugeot calls its system Advanced Grip Control, which includes a hill descent mode for slippery downhill off-road travel.
A far more stylish offering for the new 5008
The styling reflects Peugeot’s latest design themes, with a clean and stylish look that is far more resolved than many rivals. The exterior does away with the old model’s MPV profile in favour of a more squared-off SUV style, while the interior features the latest incarnation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit concept. This means a small steering wheel with a digital instrument display placed above it, and a large touchscreen replacing many conventional buttons on the dashboard.
Peugeot claims that the new 5008 will be fitted with the latest safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a range of assistance systems like lane-keeping, speed limit recognition and adaptive cruise control systems. We will have to wait until closer to UK launch before finding out which safety systems will be standard and which will cost extra.
Prices and specs TBA
The new 5008 will be available in four trim levels, mirroring other current Peugeot models, and will be powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines ranging from 100hp up to 180hp. UK pricing and specification will be announced in coming months, so stay tuned to The Car Expert for more information as it becomes available.