Speaking to the British motoring publication, chief executive officer Jean-Phillipe Imparato declared: “Remember when we said two years ago we would launch five new SUVs in the coming two years? We did it: three in Europe and two more in China. It’s time to come back to our DNA, and then we will maintain the growth of our SUV range in the future because the market is strong.” Read what you will into it, but Peugeot won’t miss this lucrative opportunity while the competition launches best-seller after best-seller.
Essentially the coupe-like version of the 3008, the next-generation 4008 is certain to feature the Peugeot i-Cockpit dashboard concept, digital instruments and all, plus the small-diameter steering wheel. A “lower, sportier driving position” is also expected from the five-seat crossover.
In the suck-squeeze-bang-blow department, Peugeot is certain to start the range with the 1.2-liter PureTech three-cylinder turbo. The 1.6-liter THP, 1.6- and 2.0-liter BlueHDi, and “two plug-in hybrid variants” are also expected.
Both PHEVs are likely to use the 1.6-liter THP for its punchiness, with one of the models anticipated to integrate a front-mounted electric motor for a system output of 240 bhp. The more exciting variant, on the other hand, will send drive to all four wheels thanks to two electric motors (one in each axle), with output estimated at 300 horsepower or thereabouts.