Sporting a neon green paint scheme seemingly inspired by a tennis ball, the Peugeot 2008 concept rides on the company's 208 hatchback platfomr and previews an upcoming crossover.
Finished in that eye-catching shade of yellow, the 2008 Concept is an evolution of the Urban Crossover Concept that the automaker presented at the Beijing Motor Show last April. It measures 162 inches long and 68 inches wide, putting it at the smaller end of the crossover segment.
The concept's design incorporates several of Peugeot's recent styling cues, including a floating grille, small headlights and C-shaped tail lamps.
Not merely a design study with no future, the 2008 Concept accurately previews an upcoming 208-based Juke-fighting crossover that will slot under the Mitsubishi-based 4008 in Peugeot's lineup. It will mark a major milestone in the firm's history because it will be the first off-roader that it has designed in-house.
Peugeot has confirmed that the 2008's entry-level engine will be turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that will make 110 horsepower, a mill that was introduced under the hood of the 208 hatchback earlier this year. The crossover will also be offered with a wide range of diesel-burning HDi and gasoline-burning THP four-cylinder engines.
A spokesperson for Peugeot indicated that production of the 2008 is scheduled to start next December, which likely indicates that the final version of the car will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Designed with global markets in mind, the production version of the 2008 will be offered in China and in several Latin American countries after its European debut.