All eyes will be on Peugeot in 2016 as the French manufacturer is scheduled to make a series of updates to its diverse family of passenger cars. Revised styling, tweaks in the engine bay and an array of brand-new kit look set to draw more motorists to the manufacturer next year and beyond. Read on for an overview of the new arrivals.
Spy shots of the incoming new 3008 revealed a move towards a crossover SUV style from the outgoing car’s MPV-like build. It is expected to draw inspiration from the Peugeot Quartz concept which would see sharp headlights, vents and other details contrast with delicately curved body panels. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit has already been confirmed for the interior, which aims to enhance the driving pleasure through a smaller steering wheel, raised instruments, a taller centre console and a large touchscreen display.
The manufacturer also claims that the new 3008 will stand apart from other SUVs with exceptional road holding. It will probably come with Peugeot’s latest engines and possibly the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol fitted within the 308 SW. Expect sales to begin in early 2017 after launching at the Paris motor show in October 2016.
Next up is the 508 saloon/estate. The model will be given a facelift to refresh its appeal, and teaser images show a softer look for the headlights, bumpers and tailgate. C-shaped daytime running lights around the headlamps also appear to sit above extra lighting over the air intakes. At the base of the rear bumper are integrated rectangular exhaust pipes.
The interior will offer additional space and have a more refined feel than the current version. A seven-inch touchscreen display will be kept on the dashboard but feature more entertainment and satellite navigation systems.
Reports suggest that Euro 6-compliant diesel engines and a hybrid powertrain will be carried over to the next generation so the car can continue to deliver low fuel and road tax costs. Details on price and an exact release date haven’t yet been revealed, but should be made available soon.
The 2008 crossover is the third to get the attention of Peugeot’s engineers and designers for 2016. Aesthetically it will remain largely unchanged from the iteration that will be replaced. Peugeot is aiming to reduce the newcomer’s weight and will do so by using more aluminium and carbon fibre during the build. Teaser shots show slightly tweaked air intakes cut into the front bumper and new LED headlights. Like the exterior, the interior will be given only subtle adjustments. A panoramic roof will continue to be offered to give the cockpit a feeling of openness and space.
There has been no firm word on the engine options available to UK buyers, but rumours point toward a five-strong engine family in other markets. They include fuel-efficient three-cylinder PureTech petrols, winner of the 2015 International Engine of the Year award. BlueHDi-diesel alternatives that meet Euro 6 emissions standards are also almost a certainty for the crossover.
You can keep an eye on Peugeot’s progress with its upcoming models here on the Yeomans Peugeot website. Feel free to contact an adviser for answers to your questions or to enquire about booking a test drive.