Peugeot has revealed the all-new 5008, which makes the transition from an MPV to an SUV. The model, which originally made its debut in 2009 as a minivan, has been given a comprehensive overhaul to reposition it as a seven-seater C-segment SUV. Apart from distancing itself from the lackluster MPV image of its predecessor, the 2017 5008 has also grown in overall dimensions, compared to the model it replaces. At 4,640mm, the new 5008 has grown in length by 110mm and at 2,840mm, its wheelbase is 165mm longer than the previous model. However, the overall height remains unchanged at 1,640mm.
Exterior styling represents a drastic change from before, with the more muscular lines complemented by a long bonnet, an upright fascia, and a bold character line. Out back, things have been refreshed by gloss back trim, along with signature ‘claw effect’ LED taillights.
Inside, the new SUV features the French carmaker’s i-Cockpit, dashboard, with a relatively compact steering wheel, an 8.0in touchscreen and a large 12.3in high-resolution digital head-up display, which Peugeot says will incorporate “superior graphics and elegant animations”. Thanks to the long wheelbase, the passenger cell is quite roomy, and offers great flexibility thanks to three individually foldable seats in the second row, and two foldable and removable seats in the last row. With just the third row down, the 5008 offers 1,060 litres of cargo space, which In its most spacious configuration, extends to a good 1,124 litres. Folding the front passenger seat down frees up further space good enough to carry loads that are up to 3,200m long.
The 5008 will be available with a choice of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, with the former option including a 128bhp 1.2-litre mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, and a 1.6-litre that produces 163bhp and available with just the auto ‘box.
To be available in many trim levels including GT and GT line variants, the new 5008 will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show later this month.