Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Small Yet Perfectly Formed

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Small Yet Perfectly Formed

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Byline: Richard Blackburn

PEUGEOT is banking on a revamped SUV line-up to get back on buyers' radar.

The European giant has struggled with an unconvincing SUV range in recent years, but will have three new arrivals this year.

The mid-sized 3008 and seven-seat 5008 will land in the second half of this year. Meanwhile, there is a mid-life update for the baby of the range, the 2008.

Streamlining the variants, Peugeot has dumped the diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines, using just its 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo.

There is no longer a cheaper manual version and the four-speed auto gives way to a new six-speeder.

The updates, combined with a $1000 increase for the automatic, effectively mean the entry point for the vehicle is $4000 more than before.

It's hardly the conventional way to increase sales but general manager Kai Bruesewitz says most 2008 buyers opt for the more expensive versions.

"The new specification better reflects buying habits," he says.

"In simplifying the range we've been able to boost standard specification while containing any price movements."

The line-up starts with the Active at $26,490, jumps to the Allure at $30,990 and ends with the newly named GT-Line at $32,990. Bruesewitz says each has roughly $2000 worth of extra gear.

On the base model, that includes a standard reversing camera and parking sensors, as well as the ability to display some of your smartphone's apps on the centre screen.

The transmission also comes with stop-start, shutting down the engine when the car is stopped in traffic.

The technology allows the Peugeot to claim diesel-like thrift of just 4.8L/100km.

From the Allure up, the 2008 has semi-automatic parallel parking, automated emergency braking and grip control, a pseudo-4WD set-up that adjusts the car's stability control settings to give it maximum traction on different surfaces including sand, snow and mud.

Peugeot says the technology addresses "90 per cent of the needs of customers who want a 4WD" and the rest are happy with front-drive.

Satellite navigation is a $1500 option and leather trim adds $2200.

The 2008's visual makeover includes a new grille and headlights, redesigned LED tail-lights and new roof bars and spoiler. …

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