The amazing Onyx is not the only concept car Peugeot is ringing along to this year’s Paris Motor Show. This is the other one, the Peugeot 2008, and it’s a near-production concept scheduled to go into production in 2013. It is basically a B-segment crossover version of the 208, and it’s designed to the younger buyers looking for something stylish, yet practical.
2008 is a fairly compact car at 4.14m long and 1.74m wide. But despite that it provides a large interior space, and because it has a high ground clearance it should be versatile as well. The production version might not look as fancy as the concept car, but all in all, it seems like a very compelling package.
The 2008 is also the first car to host Peugeot’s new 3-cylinder petrol engines. They begin with a 1.2 liter unit boosted with a turbocharger and featuring direct injection. Obviously such a a tiny engine is very light on fuel and makes little CO2, but with 110bhp power output, it doesn’t sound gutsy enough to move a car the size of the 2008 around with ease.
Of course it won’t be the only engine for the production car. Choose one with at least 200bhp and you’ll be alright.