Peugeot’s Chinese Launch of Baby 2008 SUV

In line with other carmakers bidding to grab a slice of the huge Chinese BEV market, Peugeot has debuted its baby 2008 SUV at the Auto Guangzhou 2019 show.

The French automaker has brought to it the current range’s design language with the triple-claw light signatures on the headlights and the tail lights, as well as the black strip on the tailgate. It also follows the modern SUV trend for large 18-inch wheels and increased ground clearance.

While courting the BEV market using the company’s current mid-size electric powertrain, the car will also come with the option of a gasoline 134bhp engine coupled to an automatic gearbox. Inside, a holograph instrument panel projects ADAS information and there’s a 7-inch or 10-inch touchscreen for infotainment services including Apple Car Play and Baidu Car Life mirroring solutions.

Its platform is the multi-energy common modular platform (CMP) developed with Dongfeng in line with the China’s authoritarian trading restrictions.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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