Peugeot has revealed its replacement for the aging 5008 people carrier, which features a total redesign to compete in the increasingly popular SUV market.
The large SUV is set to take on rivals such as the new Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail and, according to Peugeot, it will be the first SUV to offer modularity on par with that of the best people carriers.
It won’t be officially unveiled until the Paris Motor Show at the end of September but Peugeot have given some hints as to what the new car will feature.
Based on the same platform as the 3008, which was announced in June, the 5008 is 19cm longer allowing for the extra row of seats in the back. There is also 60mm more knee room for second row passengers over the outgoing model.
There are clear similarities with the 3008 in terms of styling. The signature daytime running lights sit atop the headlamps and there is also the same ‘claw effect’ rear lights that are becoming part of Peugeot’s design language.
To hide the extra bulk at the back, the roof is painted gloss black with a large chrome trim line above the side windows to trick to the eye into thinking the 5008 is more sleek than it first appears.
It also benefits from chunky bumpers, large alloy wheels and a wide front grille to amplify its SUV intentions, which according to Peugeot conveys power and respect.
Inside, the 5008 will feature Peugeot’s newest version of i-cockpit, first seen in the 3008. It comprises an 8.0-inch touchscreen dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital head-up display.
All the rear seats are separate and folding, meaning there are many configurations available for maximising both passenger and luggage space.
With all the rearmost seats folded flat to the floor, 1,060-litres of load-space is available and the front passenger seat can also be folded flat to take longer loads when required.
Like the new 308 and 3008, the 5008 will feature Euro 6.1 powertrains with class leading emissions starting from 117g/km for the petrol and 108g/km for the diesel models.
Powertrain choice ranges from a 1.2-litre Puretech with 130bhp to a 1.6- litre 165bhp for petrol powered versions and from a 1.6-litre BlueHDI diesel with 100-120 bhp through to a 180bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit that is reserved for the highest spec GT model.
There is plenty of technology on offer too; massage front seats, a Focal premium sound system, panoramic sunroof and 3D connected navigation system are all available.
To improve safety the 5008 will also feature Advanced Grip Control - including new exclusive Hill Assist Descent Control, Automatic Emergency Braking System Distance Alert, Active Lane Keeping Assistance, Driver attention warning, Smart Beam Assistance, Speed sign recognition and speed suggestion, Adaptive cruise control with stop feature (automatic gearbox), Active blind spot monitoring, Park Assist and a 360-degree Visio Park camera system.
The range includes four trim levels – two mainstream versions (Active, Allure) plus GT Line and GT versions. Manufactured in Rennes, France, the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV will be on sale in the UK from Spring 2017.