Peugeot inks in three world premieres for GenevaPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 19 February 2016
PEUGEOT is flushed with confidence after marking 2015 with a 4.6 percent increase in sales, and a succesful return to competitive racing.
Now the French company will premiere three vehicles at next month’s prestigious Geneva show including its first SUV of the year.
January saw the Peugeot 2008 DKR win the Dakar Rally, collecting nine out of 13 stages, including two one-two-threes, five one-twos and the final victory in its second participation in the South-American Dakar.
This was an impressive return to form after last tasting victory at the Dakar in 1990 that ended a run of four straight wins beginning in 1987.
Peugeot says the new generation of the 2008 features a bold design with power and appeal.
Access, Active and Allure levels are complemented by the superior GT Line (below). This new trim, already available on the 208, 308 and 508 ranges adds a sports theme to the red/black treatment.
The car features the company’s i-Cockpit.
Grip Control, an enhanced traction control system, extends the usability of the 2008 to all types of road conditions. It is combined with Mud & Snow certified winter tyres.
The Mirror Screen uses MirrorLink and Apple Carplay technology and, along with the reversing camera, has Active City Brake and Park Assist.
All versions have Euro 6 compliant engines Four versions are best-in-class in their segment, including the 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S with 6-speed manual gearbox.
The second premiere involves the Peugeot’s entry into the Combispace and VIP shuttle sector with the Traveller (below).
Its new base, adapted from the EMP2 modular platform, provides top quality, efficiency and record fuel consumption levels in the segment.
Its Euro6 BlueHDi engines are equipped with the most efficient pollution control technology on the market with an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system upstream of the DFP (Diesel Particulate Filter).
Already tried and tested since July 2013, they combine driving enjoyment and performance, offering up to 180hp and 400Nm. Average CO2 emission level is just 140g/km (52.3 MPG) — best-in-class in the segment.
Multiple configurations up to 9 seats and a wide range of equipment is available. Safety is a non-issue as the car received a 5-star rating in Euro NCAP tests last December.
The third is the Traveller i-Lab, the VIP shuttle 3.0.
In this segment, the PEUGEOT design provides new distinctive features from the brand’s SUVs and saloons. Utilising the accomplished Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), this VIP shuttle 3.0 has an optimum balance between exterior volume and interior roominess.
For on-board guests, travelling becomes an inspiring journey that is conducive for business. The four individual seats are arranged opposite one another around a giant 32″ touch tablet, with the capacitive touchscreen and supported by an arch. With the WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth®, induction charging docks or virtual reality headset, all uses are possible.
For the driver, the Traveller i-Lab’s technological equipment guarantees the satisfaction of its passengers. Journeys are made in complete safety with road sign reading and driver inattention monitoring devices.
The new generation of PEUGEOT connected 3D navigation informs the driver in real time and in a contextualised way. Therefore, it optimises journeys according to the traffic and the passenger’s agenda.
Peugeot Sport will also be displaying the 308 GTi, a top-of-the-range version of the 308, with its 1.6 THP 270hp engine and the 308 R HYbrid, the concept demonstrator that drives like a supercar, with its 500hp hybrid powertrain.