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Peugeot 2008 SRS

Peugeot 2008 – part 2

By Andrew Marsh, 22.10.13
Posted in: New Model Information | Public

Trim packs and equipment

In the UK there are four trim packs – the base vehicle comes with LED day time running lights, LED rear lights, manual air conditioning, electronic stability control (ESC), cruise control and six airbags – two front, two side (built into the front seat back rests) and two full length curtain units. The next trim level up (Active) adds a DAB radio with touch screen control along with 16 inch alloy wheels and fog lights. The ‘Allure’ trim pack adds switching for the fog lights to illuminate corners as the steering wheel is turned, LED interior ‘mood’ lighting, folding heated electric door mirrors, dual zone automatic climate control and the all-important traction control. The top line ‘Feline’ trim adds a panoramic glass sunroof, 17 inch alloy wheels and SatNav. There are many options which include automated parking system, which can park both parallel as well as at right angles.

Peugeot 2008 front suspension and steering

Front suspension features electrically powered steering assistance fixed to the rack and MacPherson struts. The rear suspension is via a torsion beam assembly with coil springs and remotely mounted dampers. © Auto Industry Insider.com

Suspension, steering and traction control

What does this tell us? That 2008 ‘A94’ platform is a version of a PSA global small car platform which has appeared under the DS3, C3, 208 and more to come. The engine choices include three turbo diesels (1.4l and two versions of the 1.6l unit) with the very latest particulate trap technology as well as StopStart via a super capacitor system for the ‘1.6 e-HDi’ versions. In addition there are two petrol engines – a 1.2l three cylinder unit which first appeared in the 208 and a 1,6l unit co-engineered with BMW.  The three cylinder engine produced 82 bhp – expect many more variations as this engine replaces the older four cylinder units rights across the 208 / 2008 and 308 / 3008 range. Already 110 and 130 bhp turbocharged versions of this engine have been announced, which weigh 12kg less than the out-going naturally aspirated 1.6l petrol engine.

Because the power steering assistance is electrically powered and there is electronic control of the four wheel disc brake system via the ESC, by adding ultra sonic sensors the optional self-parking system becomes reality. The system premiered on the last generation of the Citroën C4 Picasso, and has been refined by   major system suppliers to include hill-hold facility as well as greater levels of autonomy. The driver starts the parking process by selecting from touch screen menu one of two actions:

Peugeot 2008 parking system

Peugeot 2008 parking system selection screen. © Peugeot S.A.

If the vehicle is parking the ultra-sonic sensors will have already sized the available space and worked out the best path to park the vehicle. The point? Additional functionality with the ESC system combined with other standard systems and a few sensors adds entirely ‘new’ features to the vehicle.

Conclusion

Peugeot 2008 follows the path cut by the larger 3008, as an MPV / SUV cross over sitting along side latest generation of the 208. However, market dynamics have seen many customers in the market for a larger SUV down size to this new market segment, since the sacrifice in internal space is not so great but the fuel economy gain is – whilst maintaining those vital ‘tough’ looks.

There is much more to come from PSA over the next few years, not lease the HybridAir system which uses a hydraulic pump in the transmission to act on a bottle of air, which then allows braking energy to be stored – and released – without using any form of battery. A serious system? Yes, backed by Bosch. First production application? 2008. This product might get a life of its very own.

 

Click here for part 1 – over view, market position

Click here for part 3 – the body construction


 

 

 

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