Peugeot releases images of the 2008 Crossover Concept which will take on the Ford EcoSport
French automaker Peugeot has just put out a bunch of images, showing its latest crossover, the 2008 Concept. The 2013 Peugeot 2008 Crossover will be based on the hot selling 208 hatchback. The Peugeot 2008 hatchback will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which is just a couple of weeks away. A commercial launch is expected to happen sometime in 2013. The Peugeot 2008 Crossover joins the growing trend of B-segment based crossovers, which are based on the platforms which first spawn hatchbacks. Ford EcoSport is the other example of a crossover being based on a B-segment hatchback.
Like the EcoSport shares its platform with the Fiesta hatchback, both cars based on Ford’s global B-Car platform, the 2008 Crossover will be based on the 208 platform, which also hosts the 208 hatchback. However, unlike the EcoSports,s sub 4 meter length, the 2008 crossover will measure 4.14 meters in length and 1.74 meters in width. Platform sharing allows car makers to share parts and cut down on production costs. Just like the EcoSport is available with a 1 Liter, 3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine, the 2008 Crossover is expected to get a 1.2 Liter, 3 cylinder turbo petrol unit.
Now, Peugeot being a European car maker well known for its range of diesel engines, a turbo diesel engine is also something that will eventually find its way into the 2008′ Crossover’s engine bay. Expect the 1.6 Liter HDi turbo diesel engine that is available in two states of tune, 92 Bhp-230 Nm and 115 Bhp-285 Nm, to make it to the 2008 Crossover. Gauging by the images of the 2008 Crossover concept that Peugeot has put out, the crossover looks aggressive and butch. Tall wheels and high ground clearance apart, the 2008 Crossover has a menacing look about it which SUV fans will love.
The Ford EcoSport was one crossover that featured almost no changes from concept to production guise. However, it remains uncertain whether Peugeot would retain the aggressive styling of the concept model even on the production version even as we do hope that it will. Another such example of a production crossover that closely mimics its concept version is the Range Rover Evoque. So, this has happened in the past and could happen in the future as well. Both the front and the rear of the 2008 crossover have minimum overhangs. So, the crossover could be a decent performer off the road too although most folks are expected to buy it as an urban SUV that handles like a sedan albeit with a higher riding stance and higher ground clearance of an SUV.