Guest Contributor | Sep 14, 2018 | 0
Peugeot 4008, a desirable all-terrain package
The arrival of the all-new Peugeot 4008 marks the launch of the marque’s first fully-fledged sports utility vehicle with four-wheel drive in southern Africa. Combining the latest Peugeot styling with comprehensively equipped interior and rugged all-terrain underpinnings, this is truly a Peugeot for all driving conditions.
The 4008 joins the 3008 in Peugeot’s portfolio of versatile, multi-purpose vehicles, with the 3008 placing the emphasis on its crossover character, while the 4008’s focus is on all-terrain capability and SUV style.
The combination of a raised stance and reduced front and rear overhangs all point to a vehicle with dynamic capabilities on and off the road, while the Peugeot identity is unmistakably expressed via key design elements. These include the trademark floating grille and the feline shape of the headlights, further underlined by the curved LED daytime running lights. Functional styling cues include the large wheels, bold wheel arch extensions, and body sill protectors.
The interior follows the same theme of linked elegance and functionality. High-grade materials, soft-touch finishes and metallic accents abound, ensuring a focus on style and comfort.
Under the skin, the 4008 benefits from the technological partnership between Peugeot and Mitsubishi. The all-wheel drive system offers a choice of drive modes to allow optimised operation under a variety of conditions.
The new 4008 is powered by a normally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine. The four-cylinder unit combines efficiency with low-down response and overall tractability. Rated maximum power output is 110 kW at 6000 r/min, with peak torque of 197 Nm at 4200 r/min. A six-speed CVT gearbox is standard.
The 4008 is offered in two specification levels – Active and Allure – with both models offering a comprehensive array of luxury, convenience and safety features. These include USB and Bluetooth connectivity, seven airbags, climate control, auto-activated headlights and windscreen wipers, and 18-inch alloy rims.
The Allure, the model I had the opportunity to drive, adds a full-length Cielo glass panoramic roof, roof bars, leather upholstery, and heated and electrically adjustable seats. Instead of going off road, or highway, I decided to drive through the various Windhoek suburbs, and go shopping. My first impression of the 4008 was that it surely had a lot of female input with the design, practicality, movability, comfort, versatility, space and more than enough power.
The 4008 extends Peugeot’s reach into the crossover market, where the 3008 already offers buyers a unique and spacious alternative to conventional SUVs.
Big 18-inch alloy wheels fill the wheel arches to the brim, creating a planted and confident look, with a 200 mm ride height. At the same time, the steeply raked windscreen and sloping roofline express the dynamic capabilities of this compact SUV.
The Peugeot signature is carried through to the rear, thanks to the bold, wrap-around tail lights incorporating the trademark three-part ‘clawed’ LED strips. A generous tailgate allows easy access to the luggage compartment, while the contrasting finish of the lower apron continues the rugged, all-terrain theme.
The adjustable steering wheel provides integrated controls for the sound system, the Bluetooth hands-free connection, and the cruise control.
The centre console provides and ergonomically efficient home for the audio system, while three prominent rotary controls allow adjustment of the fully automatic climate control air-conditioning. The rotary theme extends to the all-wheel drive mode selector behind the gear shift lever.
Practicality is emphasised by a large number of storage options. These include a large, lit and refrigerated globe compartment, two cup holders between the front seats, a further two cup holders under the rear armrest, and storage pockets and nets on the rear of the front seatbacks.
Bluetooth connectivity allows the use of compatible mobile phones in hands-free mode. The Bluetooth, audio system and cruise control, can be accessed via integrated controls on the steering wheel.
The flagship 4008 Allure has leather upholstery, the Cielo panoramic glass roof and LED ambient lighting.
Both derivatives of the new 4008 are equipped with a transverse four-cylinder 2-litre petrol engine with electronic fuel injection, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinde.
The all-wheel drive system offers a choice of three driving modes: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and locked four-wheel drive. These modes are driver selectable via a rotary controller on the centre console. In Namibia, the 4008 is offered in all-wheel drive form only.
The Peugeot 4008 accelerates from 0 -100 km/h in 10,9 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 188 km/h. In SUV terms, its combined-cycle fuel consumption of 8,1 litres/100 km is further proof of the all-terrainer’s efficiency, while CO2 emissions are rated at 191 g/km.
The pricing, warranty and maintenance plan details for the new Peugeot 4008 are as follows:
4008 2.0 CVT Active N$366900
4008 2.0 CVT Allure N$391900
A 5-year/100,000 km warranty is standard on all Peugeot 4008 models, together with a five-year/100,000 km full maintenance plan.
Contact Lionel @ 061-279700 for info or a test drive.