Competition in the compact SUV market is about to get even more intense with a range of new product due to hit the market over the next 12 months.
Peugeot is the latest to show its hand with the reveal of its 2008 Crossover at Geneva this week.
When the 2008 is launched here it will be up against a raft of new models, including the Renault Captur, which also made its debut in Geneva, the Holden Trax, Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport which will also be available with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine.
The "Urban SUV" shares the same platform as the Peugeot 208 hatch and at 4160mm it is just 260mm longer than its donor car. It will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in various states of tune.
While Peugeot Australia won't be releasing spec details until closer to the launch, the European versions will be available with the option of 61kW, 82kW or 98kW.
It will also be available with a 90kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, plus 69kW and 86kW turbo-diesels.
Fuel economy for the petrol and diesel versions respectively will be as low as 4.2L/100km and 3.6L/100km thanks to fuel-saving technologies such as idle stop.It is one of a host of new models, including the face-lifted RCZ coupe, 5008 people mover, 208 GTI hot hatches and 408 sedans, that Peugeot will release here this year to lift the brand's profile and sales.
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