The Peugeot 5008, the flagship SUV from the brand, currently stands out in the carmaker’s lineup as it is the only SUV model sold without any hybrid powertrain. However, with the upcoming third-generation 5008, the French brand hopes to not only address that sore point but also launch a Peugeot 5008 electric.
What we know about the Peugeot 5008 Electric
According to a report on Largus.fr, the next-gen 5008 is codenamed P74 and is planned to come with 5 and 7 seat options (the seven-seater is essentially an option that adds two seats behind the second row, the overall vehicle dimension is unchanged).
Former Peugeot design head Gilles Vidal (now the design director at Renault) told AutoExpress that the third generation 5008 will focus on practicality by opting for a squarish design, which will nevertheless look “amazing”. Since the 5008 is also sold in China, which prioritises rear-seat space, the five-seat variant could see its rear seats moved back to optimise rear-seat legroom even if it means reducing the boot volume.
Peugeot 5008 Electric Platform & variants
The P74 5008 will transition to the STLA Medium platform (eVMP platform), which Stellantis announced for C and D segment vehicles beginning 2023. Products on STLA Medium, which from other brands in the group will extend to the premium DS sub-brand and successors to Alfa Romeo’s Giulia and Stelvio, will see 440 miles (700 km) of range with battery capacities ranging from 87 kWh to 104 kWh.
Entry-level models would see a single motor, and Peugeot could use two motors for its top-of-the-line GT range of the 5008, which currently relies on visual differentiators (GT emblems, black roof, chrome trims, twin exhaust effect and larger alloy wheels) to stand out. The 5008 GT Electric would sport specifications to match the ‘GT’ emblem with a twin motor setup.
Since the Stellantis Group is planning on developing a common microprocessor and inverter for all STLA platforms (STLA Small, Medium and Large), which will be capable of running at 400V and 800V with the capability of delivering up to 350 kW, the 5008 Electric AWD should be coming close to matching the specs of its rivals from South Korea and China.
New Peugeot 5008 will continue with ICE
In line with its strategy of offering an EV and hybrid variant (the latter for customers who aren’t ready to shift to EV only), the Stellantis Group will ensure the P74 5008 is available in two hybrid options at least, according to Largus.fr.
A 1.6-litre variant will offer buyers the extended convenience of a PHEV, and at a lower price segment, Peugeot will position a 5008 mild-hybrid with a 1.2-litre PureTech engine. However, Peugeot will discontinue selling the 5008 with a diesel engine.
Peugeot 5008 Electric Production & Launch
Peugeot announced that the Stellantis Sochaux plant in France will make the next generation 3008 and 5008, with production expected to commence in 2024. The group is investing 200 million EUR (167 million GBP) in updating the manufacturing line towards the progression to STLA Medium.
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