Just last week, we reported about the global debut of Chevrolet’s refreshed Trax. This time, it’s Peugeot's turn to reveal a face-lifted model. The French carmaker’s new 2008 crossover is scheduled to make its Geneva International Motor Show appearance early next month, but Peugeot has given it an early online unveiling.
The refreshed 2008 greets you with its new family face. The iconic lion logo is now the centerpiece of its bolder and more upright grille. While the old grille’s two-bar design was rather plain, the refreshed model has a new grid pattern with a set of vertically arranged short chrome strips, giving it a more dynamic appearance.
The restyled hood is now cleaner, with a flatter center surface. The sides receive matte-black wheel-arch extensions that not only make the little crossover look more rugged, but also tie together the matte-black lower bumpers and sill cladding. Along with the scuff plates, these form a 360-degree protective shield for the vehicle’s lower bodywork. The rear is largely unchanged save for the slightly restyled taillights. The interior is also carried over. This means the same familiar and quirky dashboard with a high-mounted gauge cluster in front of the driver.
On the tech side, the 2008 is available with Mirror Screen connectivity featuring MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay. For safety and convenience, the car comes with both Active City Brake and park assist.
Powering this stylish crossover is a range of Euro 6 1.2-liter three-cylinder PureTech gasoline engines, and 1.6-liter BlueHDi diesel mills. Although the 2008 is front-wheel-driven, variants with engines producing 100hp and up feature an intelligent Grip Control traction system. This enables the driver to select between different modes to optimize traction, depending on the terrain.
New to the 2008 range is the sporty GT Line variant, which features gloss-black trim, mirror caps, roof rails and grille surrounds, as well as black-chrome grille elements. Complementing its sporty styling is a set of sharp-looking 17-inch alloy wheels. Aluminum pedals and red stitching on the mats and seats add a dash of sportiness inside.
No official word yet on when this update will reach our local showrooms.