Peugeot e-2008 electric SUV: pictures and details revealed
The e-2008 comes with a 50kWh battery and an official range of 193 miles – slightly less than the 211 miles claimed by the e-208 and what potential rivals like the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric can manage.
However, Peugeot suggests the e-2008 will undercut those models on price. It also says the car will have a 134bhp electric motor and be capable of using 100kW rapid chargers, with an 80% top-up taking just 30 minutes.
As with the Peugeot 208, pure electric is just one of three powertrain options that'll be offered with the 2008; diesel and petrol variants will also feature in the range. There'll be 1.2-litre petrols with 99, 128 and 153bhp outputs, as well as a 99bhp 1.5-litre diesel.
Peugeot e-2008 design
Given the popularity of the larger 3008 SUV (soon to be made available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain), Peugeot has stuck to a similar design philosophy for the 2008.
It features all-LED light clusters, with fang and claw-shaped daytime running lights, as well as sharp triangular 'scalps' that join the bodywork above the wheels to a line running across the doors.
At the back, a strip of black plastic joins three LEDs together, exaggerating the car's width. On top-spec GT and GT-Line versions, a contrasting black roof will be a standard feature.
The only visual differences between the e-2008 and the combustion-engined versions are a body-coloured front grille, some 'e-2008' badges and the absence of exhaust pipes.
According to 208 and 2008 project leader Guillaume Clerc: “We didn’t want our customers to drive a car that’s seen specifically as an EV. We wanted to integrate electric power into a normal car.”
Inside, there's more room than in the outgoing 2008, due to the wheelbase being 60mm longer. The car is also 140mm longer and 30mm wider overall than its predecessor. Even six-footers should be able to get comfortable, while allowing room for another tall adult to sit behind them.
Boot space has been increased to 434 litres – 10 more than the old 2008 – and there's underfloor storage for charging cables in the e-2008.
The driver enjoys the latest incarnation of Peugeot's iCockpit technology, with a 3D digital display standard across the range and (on every version but the entry level) a 10-inch infotainment screen.
On-board technology includes USB sockets, Apple and Android smartphone connectivity and a ledge for holding your phone securely in place, as well as driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, road-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, a self-parking system, automatic emergency braking and automatic high-beam headlights.
Prototype test drive
We had the opportunity of a brief test drive in a nearly production-ready e-2008 recently, and first impressions were that it felt ready to challenge the likes of the Kona Electric.
On the downside, there's only one level of regenerative braking on offer, which may disappoint drivers used to the 'e-Pedal' system in the latest Nissan Leaf that allows for mostly 'one-pedal' driving.
The e-2008 is also not quite as rapid away from a standing start as some other electric models, even with the maximum power of the 'Sport' mode on offer. Interior quality and comfort were impressive, though.
Unfortunately, an annoying ergonomic issue present in the outgoing 208 is still evident here: if you sit low down and set the steering wheel high, some of the dashboard displays are obscured.
Price and release date
The new Peugeot 2008 and e-2008 will arrive in early 2020, with the petrol and diesel versions being available a few weeks before the electric; exact pricing for all versions has yet to be confirmed.