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The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 - A Whole new dimension for SUVs
Its name hasn't changed, but everything else has. The new PEUGEOT 5008 breaks new ground as a large seven-seater SUV in the C segment.
As a new contender in this growing consumer market, it boasts many strengths.
The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV includes the latest version of the outstanding PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), and a plethora of high-tech features that enhance comfort and safety.
Behind the elegant, dynamic design lies a superbly practical vehicle.
With seven seats, the all-new PEUGEOT 5008 is the first SUV to offer modularity on par with that of the best people-carriers and
A range of powerful, efficient engines and designs - including sporty GT Line
The future looks bright for large C-segment seven-seater SUVs
The segment has changed a lot since 2009, when the first-generation PEUGEOT 5008 was released, and since then a great number of SUVs have entered the market in nearly all segments.
This new kind of vehicle is an exceptional match for the expectations of today’s customers. It has taken but a few years for the SUV body style to become the only consistently growing sales share across all passenger vehicle segments in the last five years.
The SUV is truly a modern automobile, offering users the attractive combination of status,
sophisticated technology, impressive practicality and driving emotions. It puts drivers at centre stage and answers their urge to go new places and experience new things.
So why make the new PEUGEOT 5008 an SUV, thereby abandoning the C-segment seven-seater people-carrier niche? The answer is firstly because the people-carrier segment is almost exclusively a European phenomenon, while with the 5008 SUV we are looking at a worldwide market, and secondly, the incredible success of the C SUV appears to have been compensated by an erosion in demand for traditional saloons and people-carriers.
It is thought that most likely it is because today’s customers are ever more eager to break the mould of standard vehicle profiles. Furthermore, some of them, especially owners of people-carriers and estate cars, no longer want to be pigeonholed as drivers of merely utilitarian family vehicles.
And finally, everyone just wants to enjoy the whole benefit of driving one. These vehicles transform otherwise tedious trips into opportunities for driver and passengers to share a pleasant experience.
In light of all this, the choice of design for the new PEUGEOT 5008 was obvious: it would have to be an SUV.
Few car manufacturers currently offer large C SUVs, because this sub-segment is still developing, so there is a real demand and a lot of potential.
Today many drivers are drawn to the SUV concept and the positive images it projects, but they are also looking for volume, roominess, comfort, and utility compatible with the diverse aspects of their active lives. For these people, standard SUVs are neither a good fit (too small and lacking in modularity) nor a good deal (bigger SUVs are too
expensive and too imposing). Even current SUV owners, who love the design of their vehicle and the status it conveys, often want more volume and versatility.
The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV is thus clearly a modern automobile, offering a new on-board
experience and smart features, and it has what it takes to stand out as the benchmark for its class.
By virtue of its unique qualities, the newly unveiled PEUGEOT 5008 SUV aims to achieve three objectives:
· to pursue the brand’s up-market move strategy
· to be an international success
· to become the leading (benchmark) C-segment large seven-seater SUV.
The 5008 SUV can rely on its many strengths to reach these goals. It all begins with a stunning interior that is nonetheless extremely practical.
The new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® elevates the passenger compartment!
No other vehicle in its class matches the new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV for its trailblazing design:
optimised and efficient geometry, a roomy interior, and a range of smart features. It has
inherited many traits of the PEUGEOT 2008 and 3008 SUVs that make the PEUGEOT family of vehicles the most distinguished, modern, and stylistically consistent currently on the market.
To start off, there’s the truly unique driver’s environment. The first thing to see when opening the front doors is the latest version of the innovative, almost futuristic - PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, which offers vehicle occupants a novel driving experience that both surprises and delights.
It has it all: a compact steering wheel (the smallest on the market, across all segments), an 8” capacitive touchscreen, and a spectacular 12.3” high-resolution digital head-up instrument panel.
The latter will impress drivers with its superior graphics, elegant animations, and eye-pleasing transitions between modes that they can customise and configure. The responsive, user-friendly touchscreen puts all the information drivers need for a comfortable trip at their fingertips. The seven central satin chrome dashboard switches offer quick access to the main passenger comfort and safety functions: radio, Air Conditioning, Satellite Navigation, vehicle settings, telephone, apps, and hazard warning lights.
However, that is only the beginning of the sensory experience in store for passengers. Both the Allure and GT Line versions also feature an extra button, next to the dashboard switches, to take things up a notch.
With i-Cockpit® Amplify, be prepared for a richer driving experience that stimulates four senses at once:
- sight, by adjusting screen colour and compartment lighting intensity
- hearing, via musical ambience settings
- touch, through five different multipoint seat massage programmes
- smell, with a fragrance diffuser.
The vehicle offers its occupants two predefined sensory environments: ‘Boost’, in tune with a dynamic driving style, and ‘Relax’, for a mellower ambience. Both can be fully customised, to accentuate the pleasure of driver and passengers alike, and guarantee a unique on-board experience.
This on-board experience is also enhanced by interior details that greatly magnify perceived quality and the modern feel of the passenger compartment.
The new electric impulse automatic gearbox control exemplifies the modern elegance of the interior, through the meticulous selection of materials - like leather and chrome.
Here is masterful design with a warm soul. The front-seat environment of the all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV is undoubtedly well appointed.
But what can the other passengers look forward to in terms of space and features?
Spacious interior and more functions
The 2.84-m wheelbase of the all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV makes it the most liveable of C-segment SUVs!
The Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) is specified with a wheelbase 16.5 cm longer than the PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, and is 11cm wider than the original 5008, and second-row passengers, have 60mm more knee room.
The overall length of the vehicle (4.64m) remains compact, yet for a spacious C-segment vehicle, the new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV—though 19cm longer than the PEUGEOT 3008 SUV and 11cm longer than the original version of the 5008—is still one of the most conservatively proportioned and its extra length makes it roomier for passengers.
The vehicle’s optimised architecture is only part of the package on offer. The new PEUGEOT 5008 is more than just an SUV.
It stands out in the market with an innovative configuration:
· three matching, separate, folding and tilting seats in the second row
· two removable, separate, folding seats in the third row.
What isn’t to love about the three, separate second-row seats of the new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV?
· They are all the same width, ensuring all three passengers enjoy the same comfort.
· Their length is adjustable, allowing reconfiguration of the passenger and loading
compartments, and knee room is optimised.
· They offer five different angles of inclination (the original version of the 5008 had just two).
· All feature adjustable headrests that drop down low when the seats are empty, for easy rear viewing.
· Users can easily fold them down from the outside or from the boot to yield a rigid floor with seat-back covers to make a seamless flat surface.
· Each features three-point Isofix anchor points.
The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV also offers a third row of two extra seats that fold down into the boot floor as standard.
The two covers of the boot floor form a perfectly flat surface when folded down, and they can also be easily tucked away behind the third-row seats when these are in use.
Controls on the top of the second-row side-seat backs facilitate access to the third-row seats. In just one movement, the second-row side seats tilt and slide forward for easier third-row entry.
But that’s not all. The vehicle’s clever design inspired PEUGEOT engineers to make these extra seats easily removable. Their modest weight (<11kg) and a single control make them easy to extract, so users can expand boot volume when needed.