The new models are expected on the market as 2017 vehicles, and their development is at an advanced stage, despite of the thick layer of camouflage. Some think the new triplets will be shown at this year’s 2016 Paris Motor Show, but don’t quote us on that.
While our spy photographers have provided us with images of the Citroen C3 Picasso prototype before, as well as the replacement of the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, the set of photos attached to this story is the first to show the 2017 Peugeot 2008.
The second-generation Peugeot 2008 will feature an evolved architecture, called the PF1. The platform was developed by the French corporation for the ongoing Peugeot 208, and has signed an agreement with its German partners to ensure it is shared without any hassle. Concerning powertrains, Peugeot’s latest PureTech and BlueHDi units are expected under the hood.
Reports that refer to these three models claim that Opel and PSA Peugeot-Citroen will employ different engines for the triplets. While the French company is expected to stick to its own, Opel might introduce ongoing power plants under the hood of the Meriva replacement instead of engines from its partners. The reasoning behind different engine options might be linked to an attempt at separating the three models through this aspect.
Another differentiating factor will be design. While some body panels are shared, the three brands had plenty of freedom on the design of the new models. The front end of the prototypes spotted by our spy photographers is different on each of the three, while the rear also comes with individual design features.