Hunted in full test: what the new 2008 will be like, the SUV that Peugeot will produce this year in Argentina

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The clogs used to develop a future model that will arrive on the market have an unmistakable style. And as they get closer to the debut date, their shapes could reveal the model in question. Who now has to anticipate his arrival is the Peugeot2008which will be produced in the country.

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Although the French brand has never officially confirmed it, the arrival of the new compact SUV is imminent. And its production will take place in the plant that the Stellantis group has in El Palomar, where today it produces the 208, the second best-selling car in Argentina.

A few days ago the group confirmed an investment of at least 400 million dollars “they will be destined for our plants”, according to a spokesperson’s explanation. Part of the money will go towards the production of the new model.

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The prototype shown in the images was seen together with three others on the highway connecting the cities of Rosario and Córdoba, and were taken by an Instagram user who shared with Clarin Autos.

The previous 2008 version that arrived in Argentina came from the brand’s plant in Porto Real, Brazil, where production of this model was discontinued. According to media in that country, the last batch produced dates back to January this year.

Peugeot 2008 European, with redesign included.

In Argentina, that model disappeared from the official price lists in November last year and has not appeared on the brand’s official website since then.

During this summer, Peugeot announced it In the middle of this year there will be an important news for the local market, which leads us to believe that the 2008 will debut in Argentina on that date.

How is the new 2008?

The decision to produce the 2008 in Argentina contains a lot of logic from the strategic point of view of the Stellantis group. The model offered until last year was built on an old platform of the French brand. The new generation instead uses the same base on which the 208 is built.

Peugeot 2008 prototype seen on the Rosario-Córdoba highway.Peugeot 2008 prototype seen on the Rosario-Córdoba highway.

The type of platform installed in a factory will not only determine the model produced, but also It will be fundamental to the future options that an industrial center will havel, since these “bases” are usually useful for two and even three generations of the same model.

Since the installation of the platform was announced CMP At the El Palomar plant there was speculation about the possibility of producing another model in addition to the 208, produced since 2020. Ultimately, the arrival of a modern and global platform was more important, due to the potential it offers, than the model itself.

Furthermore, the modernity of the platform will also determine fundamental issues of the vehicle, such as its safety levels, its energy efficiency and the features it can have, since this type of development is carried out thinking about future or cutting-edge elements and anticipating the regulations. requirements that are much more stringent in other countries.

The Peugeot 2008 is expected to be launched with a petrol engine.The Peugeot 2008 is expected to be launched with a petrol engine.

At the moment, there are few details that transcend the new 2008. Its current generation was presented in 2019 in Europe and updated last year with a redesign who modernized his figure. The latter style is the look of the model that will roll off the local assembly line this year. It should also be the first model in Argentina with the brand’s new logo.

The model sold in the Old Continent measures 4.3 meters in length and offers a large trunk capacity (434 Dm3). Compared to the 208 it is 24.5 cm longer, 2.5 cm wider and 10.5 cm higher. The main advantage comes in the rear seats, which are much wider.

The engines it will offer are not yet known, although it is excluded that at first it will be exclusively petrol. The CMP platform is “multi-energy”, meaning it is possible to equip the model with which it is produced hybrid and electric options.

The 2008 Peugeot SUV is expected to hit the market in the middle of this year.The 2008 Peugeot SUV is expected to hit the market in the middle of this year.

Add to this potential Stellantis’ confirmation of developing electrified propulsion systems for the region, and it is not at all unreasonable to think of an electrified 2008 made in Argentina in the not too distant future.

The Peugeot 2008 is expected to be the first in the country to carry the brand's new logo.The Peugeot 2008 is expected to be the first in the country to carry the brand’s new logo.

Source: Clarin

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