The 5008 SUV will replace the firm’s ageing people mover of the same name and, if suggestions made by Peugeot Australia’s general manager are anything to go by, the all-new 5008 SUV could be one of three Peugeot-branded SUVs Australian buyers will be able to choose come 2017.
“While final specifications and model line-up are yet to be confirmed, we are confident of securing the seven-seat 5008 SUV for local sale,” the firm’s Kai Bruesewitz said. “With the updated 2008, all-new 3008 and, pending negotiations, all-new 5008, Peugeot will round out its full range of passenger and SUV vehicles in Australia.”
While it might be Peugeot’s first large SUV, the firm has used its people-mover experience to pull off what appears to be a well-executed rival to the likes of the segment’s best sellers in Mazda’s CX-9 and Toyota’s Kluger. As well as a panoramic and opening glass roof, Peugeot is boasting a class-leading luggage capacity at 1060 litres (maximum) thanks to the removable third-row and separately folding second-row seats, with all three of the latter adjustable in both length and inclination.
The new-for-2017 5008 will employ the firm’s i-Cockpit system which includes not only an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system but also a 12.3-inch heads-up display.
Speaking of tech, the large SUV is equipped with a bevy of electronic driver aids including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beam, speed sign recognition and park assist which includes a 360-degree camera.
Sharing the same chassis and engine platforms as its 3008 sibling, the 5008 will be offered with a choice of two turbo petrol engines as well as two variants of a turbo diesel engine, though it’s yet to be confirmed if all versions will be available in Australia. Likewise, we’ll have to wait and see if the entire five-tiered overseas range (Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT) will be available Down Under.