Peugeot 5008 SUV
The all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV

An all-new Peugeot 5008 is gearing up for its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show later this month, but ahead of the show Peugeot has revealed that the new car will take the form of a large 7-seater SUV to meet consumer demand in an emerging segment. The brand has already taken the same direction with the next 3008 SUV, due at the end of 2016.

The new car aims to build on the strong commercial success of the existing Peugeot 5008 MPV, which has been the best-selling compact 7-seater MPV in Ireland in 2016.

The all-new Peugeot 5008 gets more assertive styling and according to Peugeot will be lower, more spacious and less bulky than its competitors. It’s longer and wider than the previous 5008 MPV model, so should be roomier inside.

Weight is down 95kg and the vehicle’s aerodynamic design gives it one of the lowest drag areas in the segment at 0.76 m2. Ultra-low resistance 17″, 18″, or Michelin slimline 19″ (205 55 R19) tyres further accentuate the overall performance.

The new 5008 SUV will house 3 matching, separate, folding and tilting seats in the second row and 2 removable, separate, folding seats in the third row. Each seat in the second row features three-point Isofix child seat anchor points. Controls on the top of the second row side seat backs facilitate easy access to the third row seats. In just one movement, the second row side seats tilt and slide forward.

There will be the facility to remove the third row of seats and so in a 5-seat configuration, the new 5008 has a huge boot of 1,060 litres. A flat and low boot sill (676 mm), together with a foldable front passenger seat, allow the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV to carry especially long loads of up to 3.20m.

A practical hands-free smart electric tailgate, standard on the GT version, opens and closes quickly and effortlessly when activated, simply by placing your foot under the rear bumper.

There will be a number of other features like sockets, boot cover, blinds, aeroplane trays on the back of the first row seats, hooks, cup holders and 38 litres of storage spaces distributed throughout the passenger compartment to ensure a practical on-board experience.

The new 5008 will come with a range of powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines and a number of high-tech features, including the latest version of the Peugeot i-Cockpit® with compact steering wheel, an 8″ touchscreen, and a 12.3″ high-resolution digital head-up instrument panel with graphics that can be customised. Top spec GT Line and GT versions will also feature i-Cockpit® Amplify that adjusts the screen colour and cabin lighting, offers musical ambience settings, multi-point massage seats and a fragrance diffuser.

A number of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will be available including Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Distance Alert systems; Active Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA); Driver attention warning; Smart Beam Assistance; Speed sign recognition and speed suggestion; Adaptive cruise control with stop feature; Active blind spot monitoring; Park Assist; Visio Park (360° vision); and Advanced Grip Control, including new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC).

Prices and specifications for the new 5008 SUV in Ireland will be announced closer to launch.

Caroline Kidd